Could An Extraterrestrial Message Be Encoded In Our DNA?

Could a message have been inserted into our genetics billions of years ago, as the most durable method of communicating with intelligent life eons later? Discovery News ponders:

Could our genes have an intelligently designed “manufacturer’s stamp” inside them, written eons ago elsewhere in our galaxy?

Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, hypothesize that an intelligent signal embedded in our genetic code would what they call “biological SETI.”

In the journal Icarus, they assert: “Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales. Therefore it represents an exceptionally reliable storage for an intelligent signature.” To pass the designer label test, any patterns in the genetic code must be highly statistically significant and possess intelligent-like features that are inconsistent with any natural know process.

They go on to argue that their detailed analysis of the human genome displays a thorough precision-type orderliness in the mapping between DNA’s nucleotides and amino acids. “Simple arrangements of the code reveal an ensemble of arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.” They say this includes the use of decimal notation, logical transformations, and the use of the abstract symbol of zero.

This interpretation leads them to a farfetched conclusion: that the genetic code, “appears that it was invented outside the solar system already several billions years ago.”

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9 Responses to Could An Extraterrestrial Message Be Encoded In Our DNA?

  1. BuzzCoastin April 9, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    the coded message in the DNA is this:
    If you don’t know how to create DNA and make life forms from it
    DON’T FUCK WITH IT MORONS!

    • The Well Dressed Man April 10, 2013 at 2:17 am #

      Has that ever stopped us from eating from the fruit of that tree? Knowledge is yummy.

      • BuzzCoastin April 10, 2013 at 2:37 am #

        yes it is
        too bad Wisdom & Knowledge are not related
        otherwise wee’d be more prudent in our assassinations of ourselves

  2. UraniumSlug April 9, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    This is an April fools, look at the publising date of the article.

  3. Chaos_Dynamics April 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    There is only the maker’s serial number 9906947-XB71.

    Finest quality. Superior workmanship.

    It’s Abdul ben Hassan.

    He make the snake.

    • The Well Dressed Man April 10, 2013 at 2:16 am #

      eyes… I make eyes!

  4. The Well Dressed Man April 10, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    Sounds like a good place to look.

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