Saturday, October 30, 2010

DNA - Bigfoot, Aliens, "Red Rain" and more...

When DNA started to become more available for use in forensics
(and in general), I wondered how it would change things like Bigfoot sightings ?
Would it prove them all HOAXES ?
Not knowing at the time (many years ago) how far back DNA would work,
I was curious as to how many mysteries it could solve as far as our own human past, something I am acutely interested in (Early Human Anthropology), not to mention,
things like Bigfoot and ET's, especially the Starchild skull...

Well, it seems that it has only deepened many of these mysteries !

In the case of the Starchild skull, they were able to retrieve mitochondrial DNA (from the mothers side), but not cellular DNA (the fathers side).
Some may say this mean its inconclusive, but mitochondrial DNA was retrieved on the first try, and after at least 6 tries, nothing from cellular DNA, which leads many Starchild believers to think that the father must not be human.
Not being an expert myself, I am not sure, but if I read the results properly, it sounds as though that if the father WAS an ET, this is exactly what would be expected (no result) because of the way the test was created. Obviously these test were never made in expectation of anything else.

As of March 2010 the Starchild Skull has had new and more elaborate DNA tests which appear to prove that it is a hybrid (human-unknown)

About BIGFOOT...
This is the second story in the last 3 years I have seen stating that they found DNA from an animal, where the test results show that the animal is NOT human, and NOT a known primate, but IS a primate of some-kind and "similar" to both human and non-human primates.

The "RED RAIN" mystery also seems to have deepened.

"From July 25 to September 23, 2001, red rain sporadically fell on the southern Indian state of Kerala." - "Colored rain had been reported in Kerala as early as 1896 and several times since then."

"This paper reports the extraordinary biology of the microorganisms from the
mysterious red rain of Kerala, India."

These organisms grow optimally at a temperature of 300 degrees C in hydrothermal
conditions and can metabolize inorganic and organic compounds including

Also, it seems from at least somewhat reliable scientists...

"As a biologist, let me assure you that a cell-sized and shaped organism that reproduces, lives off LB and doesn't appear to have any nucleic acid template (DNA or RNA) is a revolutionary discovery in and of itself," one commenter wrote at TechnologyReview.

The Extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials - Technology Review

Read more:

Stages found in their life cycle show reproduction by a
special multiple fission process and the red cells found in the red rain are
identified as the resting spores of these microbes. While these extreme
hyperthermophiles contain proteins, our study shows the absence of DNA in
these organisms, indicating a new primitive domain of life with alternate
thermostable genetics. This new biology proves our earlier hypothesis that
these microbes are of extraterrestrial origin and also supports our earlier
argument that the mysterious red rain of Kerala is due to the cometary
delivery of the red spores into the stratosphere above Kerala

The related paper mentioned in this abstract
( indicates it was submitted to

Growth and replication of red rain cells at 121 oC and their red fluorescence

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