A recent BBC news article reports on finding microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan

The team found that microbes, despite having no light, no oxygen, barely any water and very limited nutrients, thrived in the cores.

Is this a significant enough difference from our expectations of habitable environments to alter how and where we might search for life in our solar system?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't think it is unexpected. Thus far, life has been found on Earth EVERYWHERE there's liquid water! There are microbes to which oxygen gas is lethal, and which live off nuclear radiation. C, O, N, H are among the most common elements in the universe. They can be combined in any way. There will be a solution to how for them to survive in many planetary environments. $\endgroup$
    – LocalFluff
    Dec 16 '14 at 16:07

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