This 830-Million-Year-Old Crystal Might Contain Life. And We're About to Open It.
NPR features Westminster biology professor Bonnie Baxter as she provides insight on geologist Kathy Benison and her team's discovery of possible microbial life in a 830-million-year-old crystal found in Australia. "An environmental organism that has never seen a human is not going to have the mechanism to get inside of us and cause disease," Baxter said. "So I personally, from a science perspective, have no fear of that." Baxter's contribution to the story reached international news sources, and the illustrative video used by NPR comes from the Great Salt Lake Institute's YouTube page.