Nanobacteria - life Jim, but not as we know it?

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Nanobacteria - life Jim, but not as we know it?
« on: 14/03/2005 18:44:02 »
Found these two interesting articles, about what scientists up to a few years ago assumed were lab contaminations:

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,66861,00.html?tw=rss.TEK

also interesting, shows their possible extraterrestrial origin:

http://naturalscience.com/ns/articles/01-03/ns_folk.html
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Re: Nanobacteria - life Jim, but not as we know it?
« Reply #1 on: 16/03/2005 08:21:16 »
Very interesting, thanks for the link.

These nano-bugs are implicated in a range of diseases, including arterial (heart) disease. An infectious cause is plausible because scientists have found that individuals with signs of an underlying chronic low-grade infection (they are never overtly ill, but so-called inflammatory markers in the bloodstream are slightly up) are at greater risk of heart attacks.

Certainly food for thought !

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Re: Nanobacteria - life Jim, but not as we know it?
« Reply #2 on: 16/03/2005 13:12:59 »
What also struck me was the fact so many of naturally occurring abiotic crystallisations have such bacteria at heart.

They are quite well described with 'the missing black matter' of biotic phenomena ... this could have mindblowing repercussions on how we perceive a lot of 'known' processes, too. Geology, astrobiology, the works.
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