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Published:July 7th, 2008 21:03 EST
Possible Alien Life Found on Mars

Possible Alien Life Found on Mars

By Lonny Stewart

While humanity`s first encounter with extraterrestrial life may not exactly involve a short, pudgy little alien with a long neck and glowing finger, scientists from Mahatma Gandhi University made what could be a startling discovery: alien life in the form of cells.  

Godfrey Louis, a physicist who initially published his findings in Astrophysics and Space Science, a well-respected journal, has hypothesized that the little cell-like structures he found are humanity`s first contact with an extraterrestrial life form. The structures, which are red tinted and have very thick cell walls similar to a plants, were observed when samples were taken from a series of mysterious blood-like showers that fell upon a local province in India in 2001.  

The cell-like structures contain some very curious anomalies that, if proven correct, would violate several major principles on what constitutes a living organism. The biggest of these violations occurred when Louis attempted to observe the structure`s DNA. To his surprise, none was found. By definition, a living organism cannot be living if it doesn`t contain DNA. Every life form found on Earth thus far has DNA, so to observe an object similar to a cell that doesn`t contain DNA prompts scientists to wonder how its genetic information is stored.

To further the matter, the structures do exhibit reproduction. With the aid of electron micrographs, Louis and his fellow scientists were able to slice one of the structures open. They saw, with great clarity, daughter cells forming inside the parent cell. The cells can reproduce successfully in myriad conditions, including water that has been superheated to over 600 degrees Fahrenheit. To give a comparison, the highest known water temperature that a life form on Earth can endure and still reproduce is only 250 degrees.

Currently, the experiments done by Louis and his group are being replicated at another laboratory in Wales by Chandra Wickramasinghe. Their goal is to publish their findings by the end of the year.

While the studies are being replicated, various other scientific agencies have proposed explanations for these strange findings. Some suggest that the life forms could simply be algae, fungal-spores, or even mutated red blood cells. However, Louis and his group dismiss those explanations because all the above mentioned life forms contain DNA, and, red blood cells do not have thick walls nor do they reproduce.

Until the findings are published later this year, the scientific community, and mankind as a whole, will wait in suspense to see what the official conclusion is. 

Source: CNN, Popular Science