Except, well, no. This weekend, Vladimir Korolyov, the head of the Russian genetics laboratory at Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics, admitted to Interfax (a news agency catering to Russia, China, and surrounding areas) that the bacteria they had found were nothing but contaminants. This wasn't completely unexpected, given earlier reports. Says Korolyov: "We found certain specimen, although not many. All of them were contaminants... That is why we cannot say that previously-unknown life was found."