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Topic - Felisa Wolfe-Simon
Efforts to contain a large wildfire in southern Idaho by Sunday evening were dashed as winds picked up and the region's grass and sagebrush provided readily available fuel for a blaze estimated at 117 square miles.
It was a provocative finding: strange bacteria in a California lake that thrived on something completely unexpected _ arsenic. What it suggested is that life, a very different kind of life, could possibly exist on some other planet.
A scientific tiff went public Friday as the journal Science took the unusual step of publishing challenges to a report about a strange, arsenic-eating bacteria.
The discovery of a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients widens the scope for finding new forms of life on Earth and possibly beyond. While researchers discovered the unusual bacteria here on Earth, they say it shows that life has possibilities beyond the major elements that have been considered essential.
In an email to The Associated Press, she said "there is nothing in the data of these new papers that contradicts our published data."
She said her team continues to build upon its finding of the extreme resistance to arsenic poisoning.