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February 19, 2020

For over 100 years, scientists have studied the heat-loving microbial life in pools and springs on the surface of Yellowstone National Park. But what lives below the surface? “Every piece of evidence that we and others have collected over the years points to the presence

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February 19, 2020

The Onstott lab at Princeton University as part of a team led by  University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors, Karen Lloyd, Tatiana Vishnivetskaya and Andrew Steen, and including Dr. Robert Hettich at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Dr. John Cliff at the Pacific

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CBS - 60 Minutes - February 9, 2020

An international team led by Princeton geoscientist Tullis Onstott, South African microbiologist Esta van Heerden and Belgian biologist Gaetan Borgonie, are pioneers in the search for life buried in the rock where no one thought it could survive.

Rebecca Basu, November 21, 2019
When scientists discovered a worm deep in an aquifer nearly one mile underground, they hailed it as the discovery of the deepest-living animal ever found. Now American University researchers, reporting in Nature Communications, have sequenced the genome of the unique animal, referred to as the ‘ Read more
Daniel Ackerman, July 8 2019

Thanks to this latest exploit, evolutionary biologist Catherine La Farge arrived centuries later at Teardrop's melting edge to find the tuft of the species Aulacomnium turgidum free from its icy entombment. The moss was faded and torn but sported a verdant hue - a possible sign of life

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Catherine Offord - The Scientist - June 28, 2019

Renxing Liang, coauthor and postdoc in Tullis Onstott’s  geomicrobiology group at Princeton University says, “Surprisingly, we found that the DNA yield in the bone was much higher—almost 50 times higher—than the adjacent mudstone. . . . "

CBS - 60 Minutes - Nov. 11, 2018

An international team, led by Princeton geoscientist Tullis Onstott (Fr: 5:21), South African microbiologist Esta van Heerden and Belgian biologist Gaetan Borgonie, are pioneers in the search for life buried in the rock where no one thought it could survive.

Deep Carbon Observatory - Feb. 26, 2018
The Witwatersrand Basin in southern Africa, one of the oldest geological formations on Earth, began as a shallow sea about 3 billion years ago. Scientists can analyze this water to probe the limits of deep life and to learn how microbes make a living when trapped kilometers beneath the surface.
Paul Voosen, Science - May 31, 2017
It’s no easy feat to drill into the faults that cause earthquakes. Intercepting such active ruptures, which are buried kilometers beneath the surface, requires specialized equipment, skilled crews, and a lot of money and time.
Georgette Chalker - Mar. 24, 2017
Associate Research Scholar Dr. Maggie Lau has been selected as one of two recipients for the 2017 Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Emerging Leader Awards. Deep Carbon Observatory is a global research program with a goal to transform the understanding of what part carbon plays on planet Earth.