Big thanks go out to all of you that sent me this story. In fact, so many of you sent me some version of this story that I simply have to blog about it, because it's an example of how quickly science is moving, and it raises the bar for our typical "high octane speculation" considerably. For reasons that we'll get into presently, I decided to select the RT (Russia Today) version of the story, so, without further ado, here's the story:

Discovery of ‘alien’ DNA hailed by scientists, raises ethical concerns

As the article states, and as any high school biology textbook would show(or, if you're in the good ole USSA, any graduate textbook), there are four basic proteins in DNA: guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine, abbreviated G,A,T,C respectively. A binds with T, and C with G, forming the four base pairs AT, TA, CG, GC. Four. That's it. No more, no less.

Thus, back in the day, one could speculate: if one encountered some new proteins, say, Nonexistine and Frankenine, then by the nature of the case, one was dealing with something that didn't originate here. The idea became the theme of an episode from the 1990s Sci-Fi hit, The X Files, and an episode called "The Ehrlenmeyer Flask." Mulder and Scully manage to steal a sample of a liquid from a bio-research lab, and Scully takes the sample to be tested. The bewildered geneticist who tests the sample informs Scully that the sample contains two new and entirely unknown base pairs. Scully asks what that means, and the geneticist tells her in no uncertain terms that they didn't originate on earth, and would perforce "have to be extraterrestrial." Predictably, the geneticist ends up suicided the next day.

Which brings us to our RT article:

"American scientists have for the first time ever made it possible for an organism to survive with artificial DNA, making it more likely new medicines can be developed, while raising ethical concerns among some advocates.

"For researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California the breakthrough, published Wednesday in the Nature science journal, was 15 years in the making.

"The announcement is so remarkable because, for billions of years, all life has been made up of DNA subunits categorized by four letters: A, T, C and G. Scientists have now added two new DNA building blocks to E. coli bugs, which then reproduced as normal with the two extra letters in their genetic code.

"The research could eventually lead to the production of completely new proteins that could be used either for medicinal purposes or industrial products. It also lends credibility to the theory that life in outer space could exist entirely without the DNA found on Earth." (Emphasis added)

Precisely...which was the point of the X Files episode.

Now, all ethical problems of synthetic biology aside, the article goes on to note that

“If you read a book that was written with four letters, you’re not going to be able to tell many interesting stories,” he said. “If you’re given more letters, you can invent new words, you can find new ways to use those words and you can probably tell more interesting stories.”

Perhaps, but it seems to me that God/nature/evolution has been doing pretty well, telling millions of stories with just those four letters. The presumption of synthetic biology is, of course, that it can do better.

Or is there a story that is suggested in this article that is not being told, or perhaps, that is being deliberately obfuscated by synthetic biology, a story hinted at in the statement that the addition of "Nonexistine" and "Frankenine" to the system of base pairs "lends credibility to the theory that life in outer space could exist entirely without the DNA found on Earth."   It was this question that finally occurred to me when I began to wonder why so many people were sending me various versions of the story, and I thought of the X Files episode.

Suppose, for a moment, just for fun, that one had made "contact" with extra-terrestrial DNA, and discovered "nonexistine" and "frankenine" in, say, a meteor from Mars, or, worse, picked it up during one of those casual invasions of privacy where the government gestapo comes around insisting it has the right to take a DNA swab from your mouth. Suppose, during one of those swabs they found that Mrs. Smith's DNA - and indeed, the entire Smith household - had significant amounts of nonexistine and frankenine. Or suppose that one had discovered it in the Martian meteor and the Smith household.

This, of course, would raise - like the RT article itself - some pretty uncomfortable questions and speculative possibilities, and my bet is, the whole thing might be obfuscated and attributed to "synthetic biology," where similar speculations have been entertained, and were the lowly e coli bugs are now living proof that it's possible.

See you on the more thing... they're already spinning this as yet another great boon, and of course, with the obligatory "cancer cure" bow:

Scientists Have Created "Alien" DNA

Of course, this raises the stakes, since there have long been rumors that the various American "intelligence" agencies were trying to weaponize cancer in the late 1950s and 1960s, with the implication that, if they knew the mechanisms by which to do so that early, then it is likely they have also known, for a long time, how to interdict those mechanisms and hence, cure the disease... we're done. See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. DownunderET on May 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    They might know a little about DNA, but what they don’t know is the connection between DNA, consciousness and the physical medium. All’s they have to do is issue “entry visa’s” to Enki and Ninhursag and viola, problem solved.

    It’s obvious that scientists don’t know a hell of a lot, and observation is not explanation. So while they are fooling around with DNA, mother nature is watching closely, and I wouldn’t want to make her mad, she might just “intervene”.

  2. marcos toledo on May 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Yea a cure for cancer if you believe that there a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you dirt cheap. It more likely a new toy for USA MURDER INC. to play around with. As for alien microbes in that rock from Mars they found in Antarctica we will have to wait till HELL freezes over if ever to be told the truth. By the way what is the number of political stumbling blocks who have been cancicde so far.

    • Robert Barricklow on May 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Like the “protecting wildlife”; where the goal is to protect industry & transportation rather than nature; where non-lethal practices used against human beings aim not so much to spare humans but rather to domesticate or break them; where the dilution of the distinction between the military and the civilian, between combatants and noncombatants, between military, and paramilitary and private companies has become a cross-cutting system of control and a continuum of force; where two forces are at work simultaneously: the realm of war is spreading and becoming less visible – it is internalized(i.e. weaponized cancer).

    • MQ on May 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I have a hard time believing a hard & fast correlation/causation re certain “cancer” genes. If DNA is really supposed to be a blueprint for continuing life, why would you have such a mechanism as getting cancer? Or why cancer, rather than ulcers, emphysema, etc. Makes about as much sense as building an eject seat in a plane, but no mechanism to blow off the canopy first. Squish, crunch, repeat.
      Of course if any cancer cures were found *cough* RIFE *cough cough* they’d be declared as quackery since the medical establishment has announced that cancer is by definition incurable.

  3. amunaor on May 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Robert, speaking of bogus, profit driven ‘science’, this breakthrough must have the Pharmaceutical Industry drowning in their own drool!

    • Robert Barricklow on May 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      So much so that the Big Pharma’s
      signature patented drool-cups in-house
      pharmaceutical use, has rocketed-up & off the charts !

  4. Robert Barricklow on May 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Just barely scratching the surface of “DNA”, mankind presumes “understandings” of the life “process”[corporate word]. Presumes it with imprecise tools and analogies. So much “bogus” science based upon profits. Indeed one wonders if the trues prophets weren’t 4-profit tools in & of themselves. The evolution, especially of mankind is scripted with all kinds of signposts that preclude more than three letters(DNA) or 4(ATCG).
    As far as what the future is, here’s the thing:

  5. Lost on May 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

    That base pairing information was in my freshman high school biology text book. “USSA” detracts from real problems.

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