Well I did try to cover my rear by saying 'if this is confirmed'. And in the quote you posted the pitch lake bugs are referred to immediately after the 'make their own water by chewing hydrocarbons'so I've assumed the researchers are thinking that the pitch lake bugs might also be making their own water. Edit; as canis lupus points out, there is no direct evidence of the pitch lake bugs making their own water, other than that they (possibly) survive where there is no naturally occuring water. end edit.
And yes whoever wrote that article needs an editor. There're mistakes like that all through it. But then again maybe the microbes have a water co-operative system where no-one can claim ownership of the water they make?
I assume the actual paper does a bit better on that score, can anyone acess it?
I think the idea of microbes that make their own water improves the chances of life in places like the venusian clouds, where the environment is chemically complex and in disequlibrium, but actuall H2O is scarce. If it turns out to be true then the idea of life in the clouds of venus looks a bit more promising, although the process there would have to use sulphur based compounds I suspect.
It makes sense to me though, I've read of microbes making almost everything they need to live from raw materials, it's never made sense to me that water would be an exception.
Edit; and as strange points out, it's a by product of metabolism anyway.
My next question would be; If this is true, has our strategy of looking for the water ed us to less than optimal hunting grounds for life? End edit.
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