What is the point of going to Mt. Everest? Are you a scientist or interested in science? Then you would know of the countless experiments that are performed up there. http://classic.mountainzone.com/everest/science.stm

What is one use that has come out of worm research?

What are you basing your comment that there is a low probability of life like ours?
Well lets see. For one humans have evolved over millions of centuries. They have evolved because of changing surroundings. To say that other life out there is like our own is to say that they have had the same evolutionary path as we did. Saying that there planet has a climate like our own and that there is liquefied H2O(l) on that planet. This according to current research equals a low probability.