(APRIL 9, 2013)
Two scientists in Kazakhstan believe humans may have an extraterrestrial “stamp” embedded into our genetic code, Discovery reported Tuesday. Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute hypothesize that human genetic code contains a “semantic message”, that is, a worded communication within our DNA. This mathematical message is not accounted for in Darwin’s theory of evolution. The theory is that aliens visited Earth many, many years ago, perhaps before the evolution of humans began, and left a biological imprint of their visit. This statement endorses the idea of panspermia, the hypothesis that Earth was seeded with interstellar life. The title of their study, “The Wow! signal of the extraterrestrial genetic code”, which was partially financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, refers to an unexplained radio signal detected by SETI scientists in 1977. Thirty-five years ago, an unexplained signal was detected by scientists engaged in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI. Using Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio observatory, astronomer Jerry Ehman noticed an unusual spike of six letters and numbers on the computer printout. The signal never reappeared, so scientists couldn’t confirm if it was, in fact, a message from an extraterrestrial source, and a “response” to it was never attempted.The entire article can be found in the scientific journal, Icarus.