Saturday, May 08, 2004


And you said it could never happen.... well read on.

Mark A. Young, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University:

Young said he thought it highly likely that lifelike or organic molecules could have been delivered to Earth from non-Earth based bodies. “I don't think it's science fiction any more, to believe or to investigate that forms of life itself or pre-life molecules like viruses maybe could have come to the Earth from space. What's really impressive about life is how it can adapt to just unbelievable environments, and I think the ability for life to travel through space is possible.”

Links for this article
G. Rice et al., “The structure of a thermophilic archaeal virus shows a
double-stranded DNA viral capsid type that spans all domains of life,” PNAS,
doi:10.1073/pnas.0401773101, May 3, 2004.