Lake Vostok Probe Faces Delays

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Science  01 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5437, pp. 36-37
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5437.36b

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Scientists have discovered tantalizing evidence that microbes are living under nearly 4 kilometers of antarctic ice, leaving them more eager than ever to explore a vast lake beneath the ice sheet. But a host of issues--including how best to probe for life, who should pay for the big-science project, and whether scientists should cut their teeth on smaller subglacial lakes--may delay any plunge into one of the world's most isolated ecosystems.