New studies nix report of arsenic-loving bacteria

July 9, 2012 • National News

FILE – This Nov. 15, 2004, file photo, shows tufa towers in Mono Lake near Lee Vining, Calif. The ancient towers, composed of calcium carbonate, were formed underwater when fresh water springs mixed with minerals in the lake water, and became visible when lake water receded over the past 60 years due to water diversion to Los Angeles. In 2010 scientists reported that some bacteria taken from Mono Lake could thrive on arsenic instead of the usual elements needed to sustain life. Now two new studies released Sunday, July 8, 2012, cast doubt on those results. The new research papers say the original conclusion is wrong and that the bacteria do indeed still need phosphorus. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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