Via Twitter I read on the BBC website an article about a bacteria that was able to take ‘arsenic on board in its cellular machinery’. It was discovered in an Californian lake and the BBC calmly explain the meaning of the discovery:
John Elliott, a Leeds Metropolitan University researcher who is a veteran of the UK’s search for extraterrestrial life, called the find a “major discovery”.
“It starts to show life can survive outside the traditional truths and universals that we thought you have to use… this is knocking one brick out of that wall,” he said.
“The general consensus is that this really could still be an evolutionary adaptation rather than a second genesis. But it’s early days, within about the first year of this project; it’s certainly one to think on and keep looking for that second genesis, because you’ve almost immediately found an example of something that’s new.”
I then flicked through the Daily Mail and saw how they had covered the story:
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, they have included a picture of ET. And yes, aliens do not live in this lake.