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Sleeping microbes wake up after 100 million years buried under the seabed



The microbes found themselves buried in clay 101.5 million years ago, before Tyrannosaurus returned, when the largest dinosaur roamed the planet eating meat called Spinosaurus. Time passed, the continents shifted, the oceans rose and fell, large monkeys appeared, and finally human beings evolved with curiosity and the ability to dig up these ancient cells. And now, in a Japanese laboratory, scientists have brought single-celled organisms back to life.

Scientists aboard the drilling rig JOIDES Resolution collected sediment samples from the lower ocean 10 years ago. The samples come from 100 meters below a depth of 20,000 meters (6,000 m) in the South Pacific Ocean. This is an area of ​​the Pacific Ocean with very little nutrients and oxygen available for life, and scientists have been looking for data on how microbes get in such a remote part of the world.


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