A professor from Durham University says he's thrilled to be playing a key role in a major scientific experiment.
Mike Bentley is poised to analyse samples which are being taken from an ancient frozen lake, buried deep beneath the ice in Antarctica.
The findings will eventually help experts discover whether life can survive in the most extreme conditions.
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