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NASA’s Mono Lake bacteria discovery featured across network news

December 3rd, 2010 by Geoff, Executive Director

The news of NASA’s Mono Lake bacteria discovery is being reported extensively worldwide (read more on the discovery here on the Mono-logue).

The ability of the remarkable GFAJ-1 bacterium to use arsenic instead of phosphorus in its DNA is unmatched by any other known organism and changes the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. This has been an exciting day here at the Mono Lake Committee–and we’re sure proud that decades of citizen effort to protect Mono Lake have assured a place for this incredible discovery to happen!

Here’s a wrap-up of today’s network news coverage. And don’t miss the fantastic scenic Mono Lake film footage in the promo for the Mono Lake Committee’s film that is in production.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

CNN (includes interview with lead researcher Felisa Wolfe-Simon)

Associated Press provides video here

MSNBC – Countdown

Fox News



3 Responses to “NASA’s Mono Lake bacteria discovery featured across network news”

  1. avatar Herley Jim Bowling Says:

    Good collection of videos from around the news networks on this big discovery! Thanks!

  2. avatar Colleen Balch Says:

    It’s pretty interesting that all but one news agency pronounced Mono wrong, and that the NBC, CNN, and MSNBC all went far wide with the focus of their stories. Reuters did the best… no sensationalism or dorky story twist but didn’t even mention the Lake’s name.

    Mainstream media, back to NPR and Vermont Public Radio. 🙂

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