On Thursday December 2nd, NASA held a press conference regarding breakthroughs in the field of astrobiology. The findings were startling to say the least.
Felisa Wolf-Simon is a NASA astrobiology research fellow for the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. Felisa Is part of a research team whose recent discoveries regarding an enigmatic little bacterium have at the very least redefined the term “habitable”. The discovery surrounds an almost alien microbe systematically named GFAJ-1 whose very existence is an enigma.
The microbe GFAJ-1 raises eyebrows with its strange DNA which has effectively substituted phosphorus for arsenic. The phosphate groups bind and help to bend the DNA structure in a conventional cell nucleus. GFAJ-1 has somehow developed a method to use a known poisonous substance as a building block of DNA synthesis.