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Life on Mars? Microbes can survive in simulated Martian conditions for weeks

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In simulated conditions, microbes were able to stay alive for up to 21 days
It is theoretically possible for Mars to support microbes, a new study has found.
Biologists from the University of Arkansas found that four methanogens – types of microbe that produce methane – could survive for up to 21 days in lab conditions similar to the Martian environment.
“This research is an important stepping-stone to determining if methanogens can actively metabolize/grow under these low pressures,” the researchers say in their paper,
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/microbes-survive-on-mars-study