That's not really cynical, it's a fact of life - any publicity whether it be this or publishing in top peer-reviewed journals usually encourages funding whether it be public sector grants or private funding (and with enzymes of special interest ... the chemical and biopharmaceutical industry should be interested)The cynic in me writes: Does this not usually mean that they're struggling for some sort of U.S. Gov't funding ?
****ing hell mate. That has sent shivers down my spine. Would give my right leg for that to be true.
I'd be really interested to know what the metabolic pathways for a type of respiration with hydrogen are.
The fact that Titan, a moon in our very own solar system, could potentially harbour life for me is a given that life exists elsewhere.
Everything is made up from the same matter that existed in the first micro-seconds of the big bang, and because everything is made up from the same matter everything has an equal chance of life, to evolve and exist.
It's big out there, really big, too big for us to be naive enough to think we are alone.