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Alien Message 'May Be In Our DNA'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 17:37:24 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 17:37:24 -0400
Subject: Alien Message 'May Be In Our DNA'




Source: The Mail & Guardian - Johannesburg, South Africa

http://tinyurl.com/789jd

09 August 2004

Alien Message 'May Be In Our DNA'
Sydney

Forget waiting for ET to call - the most likely place to find
an alien message is in our DNA, according to an expert in
Australia.

Professor Paul Davies, from the Australian Centre for
Astrobiology at Macquarie University in Sydney, believes a
cosmic greeting card could have been left in every human cell.

The coded message would only be discovered once the human race
had the technology to read and understand it.

Writing in New Scientist magazine, Davies said the idea should
be considered seriously.

For more than 40 years astronomers have been sweeping the skies
with radio telescopes hoping to catch a signal from an alien
civilisation.

So far the search has been in vain. But Davies believes it is
wrong to assume that extraterrestrials who may be hundreds of
millions of years ahead of us technologically will have chosen
to communicate by radio.

Leaving artefacts for humans to find once they are sufficiently
evolved - like the obelisk in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey -
- might be a more attractive strategy, he said.

But ensuring the survival of such an artefact over possibly
millions of years would be difficult.

A better solution would be to incorporate information into the
human genome, allowing it to be copied and maintained over
immense periods of time.

One way to do this might be to deliver alien viruses which could
infect cells with message-laden DNA, said Davies.

Scientists have recently discovered large sequences of "junk"
DNA that contain no genes and appears to be very stable.

"If ET has put a message into terrestrial organisms, this is
surely where to look," said Davies.

A computer could be used to find obvious attention-grabbing
patterns within these stretches of DNA, he said. If a sequence
of junk units of DNA were displayed as an array of pixels on a
screen and produced a simple image "the presumption of tampering
would be inescapable".

The DNA code was easily big enough to contain a decent-sized
novel or a potted history of the rise and fall of an alien
civilisation.

Davies added: "Trying to second-guess alien communication
strategies is fraught with uncertainty, so we should try
everything we can afford. The truth may be out there somewhere.
Or it could be a lot closer to home."

 =96 Sapa-DPA



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