Bacterial bloom in world's driest desert raises hopes for life on Mars

If the prospects of life on Mars were a pendulum, it’s just swung back toward “favorable.” An international team of researchers led by Washington State University planetary scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch has found that the most Mars-like, apparently lifeless spot on the face of the Earth isn’t so lifeless after all. Areas of the hyperarid Atacama Desert once thought lacking even microbes is showing blooms of specialized bacteria after rainfall, providing hope that similar dormant colonies may exist on the Red Planet…
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