Alien Genes In Human DNA
“What A Human Being Is” – ca. 1910 by Hilma Af Klint
At first, I thought this was a joke or breathless UFO believers grasping at straws. It’s probably not a joke, and the believers may be grasping at least small tree limbs with the news that so-called “junk DNA,” or DNA sequences that seem to have no purpose are coming under scrutiny as a possible “calling card” from ancient astronauts. Some researchers may be jumping the gun however.
This article from a Canadian site has so many problems I don’t know where to begin. It’s apparently a “progressive” political site, but when a section dedicated to exopolitics pops up, the skeptical hairs begin to rise. The article contains an image of two unnamed people with the caption “Human Genome Project Coordinators find absolute proof of Extraterrestrial contact with ‘Earth humans’ via DNA evidence.” “Absolute proof?” There is no Absolute Proof of anything, only best guesses, some of which appear to be very good guesses that hold up over time. At this point the “thinly-veiled agenda” alarms go off. Bill Chalker’s book, Hair Of The Alien is similarly interesting, with his claim of the detection of “alien” DNA in a strand of hair recovered from an abductee, but the believer agenda still rears it’s nasty head.
Another more sedate entry from the British Daily Mail and Guradian reports on Paul Davies, a professor from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University in Sydney. In an article from the journal New Scientist he specualtes:
Put yourself in the situation of the aliens, out there somewhere in the galaxy. They surmise that Earth looks promising for the emergence of intelligent life one day, but they have no idea when. There would be little point in beaming radio messages in this direction for eons in the vague hope that one day radio technology would be developed here and someone would decide to tune in.
Putting the text inside a large metal object and plonking it on the Earth’s surface is expensive in transportation costs, and risky. Our restless planet leaves nothing untouched for long. The artifact could easily end up buried or drowned or eroded to scrap. The ideal solution would be to encode the message inside a large number of self-replicating, self-repairing microscopic machines programmed to multiply and adapt to changing conditions. Fortunately such machines already exist: they are called living cells. The cells in our bodies, for example, contain genetic messages written by Mother Nature billions of years ago.
DNA, the molecule that contains the script of life, encodes its data in a four-letter alphabet. This would be an ideal medium for storing a cosmic calling card. In many organisms, humans included, genes make up only a tiny fraction of their DNA. Much of the rest seems to be biological gobbledygook, often called “junk DNA”. There is plenty of room there for ET to etch a molecular message without damaging any vital genetic functions.
How long would such a message survive? Mutations continually scramble sequences of DNA, especially the junk part. Recently, however, scientists in the United States have discovered whole chunks of human and mouse junk DNA that seem to have remained virtually unchanged for tens of millions of years. That would be a good place to store a message.
The beauty of this scheme is that ET wouldn’t have to visit Earth to implant the message. A lot of junk DNA consists of genomic fragments inserted by viruses over the course of evolution. An alien civilisation could, for negligible cost, dispatch tiny packages across the galaxy, loaded with customised viral DNA. The cargo would be designed to infect, without harm, any DNA-based life it encountered.
Presented as a “consider this” proposition, we can play with this idea and wait to see of someone in a genetic lab somewhere eventually cracks the “code” and the results can be replicated by others.
This also reminds me of an issue that I have brought up in lectures on the Contactee movement. The premise is that not all contactees were lying, at least not completely. At the turn of the 20th century, a Swedish artist named Hilma Af Klint convened a circle of women who claimed to receive messages from “ascended masters.” They gathered once a week for seances and readings from Af Klint, who later ventured off on her own and produced a series of incredible paintings from 1906 to about 1916 based on the messages she claimed to have received. Just before her death in 1946, she requested that the works not be exhibited publicly until at least 20 years after her death. One of the recieved messages said “Protect your drawings. They are pictures of drenching waves of ether that await you one day when your ears and eyes can apprehend a higher summons.”
One work in particular resonates with this alien DNA argument. Entitled “What A Human Being Is,” it depicts a twisted double strand that looks remarkably like a DNA molecule. This was almost 50 years before Francis Crick and James Watson won the Nobel prize for the discovery. Aliens talking? Remote Viewing? These sorts of “coincidences” are just the sort of thing that orthodox Ufologists routinely ignore, to their peril.
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