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Scientists: Life Can Thrive in Most Extreme Environments

If microbes can live in the most extreme regions on Earth, scientists say it is quite possible they can live on other celestial bodies. In a recently published study, researchers from Washington State University say bacteria, found in the hyper-arid soil of Chile's Atacama Desert, can live dormant for decades, patiently waiting for very rare rainfalls. Once the rain arrives, they quickly reanimate and produce offspring. Since Mars once had flowing water, scientists say it is...

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