Evidence supporting panspermia

“Strangely, hard evidence for panspermia has been around for almost half a century. In 1961, a meteorite examined by Spanish-American biochemist Juan Oro was found to contain micro-fossils of an algae-like organism known as adenine, as well as the component nucleic acids of RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA, enough to provide ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a major energy-releasing molecule in living cells.

Then in 1969 a meteorite that landed in Victoria, Australia was determined to possess a complex series of organic compounds, including some of the nitrogen bases and amino acids that are the building blocks of DNA. Subsequent tests by Dr. Ron Brown of Melbourne’s Monash University revealed there were ‘formations in the meteorite reminiscent of a very primitive form of cell structure.’

All this is, of course, aside from the now famous five-pound (2.5 kilogram) meteorite ALH 84001 discovered in the Antarctic in 1984, which was subsequently examined and found to contain a variety of organic chemicals, including carbon molecules formed in water and created by single-celled organism, remaining as ‘fossil-like impressions of micro-tubular and other organisms.’ This example was, as we know, determined to have been ejected from Mars, reigniting the age-old debate as to whether or not there is, or was, life on the red planet.”

The above was taken from the section ‘Spreading spores’ in ‘The Cygnus Mystery’ by Andrew Collins.

The following was taken from the section titled ‘Hitching a ride’

“Panspermia is a theory that has had some heavyweight scientific support over the years. During the 1970s, renowned British astronomer Fred Hoyle … and his Sri Lankan-born colleague Chandra Wickramasinghe put their combined efforts behind the theory, proposing that complex organic compounds might well have evolved within interstellar dust clouds. They wrote that interstellar spores or micro-organisms have continued to rain down on Earth in the form of flu viruses and other diseases which seem to develop spontaneously without any kind of mutation from an existing strain.

These micro-organisms, they argued, initially settle in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, where they become caught up in the jet stream. Eventually they mix with lower winds rising up over mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, which take them down on to the plains of neighbouring countries, where the viruses are soon transferred to birds, animals and, finally, human beings.”

Infections raining from the heavens? Makes sense.

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