...yes, you read the title of this blog correctly, and the article in question was sent by Mr. S.D., and as you can imagine, it has my high octane speculation transmission running in overdrive. In fact, this article is so bizarre in its implications that I had some difficulty determining just where I should "file" it: transhumanism? Cosmic war? Call it conspiracy? UFOs? You tell me? In the end I decided on "Cosmic war" because...well, we'll get to that.
The article itself if short on details, and long on implications, so without further ado, here it is:
The long and short of it is this:
Researchers at the NASA-funded Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution have created a new form of the DNA double helix with an additional four nucleotides dubbed ‘hachimoji DNA’ (from the Japanese words for ‘eight letters’).
DNA code, which makes up all biology and chemistry observed by mankind, consists of the nucleotides or ‘letters’: adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C).
Now, we have the new, artificial ‘letters’ labeled P, B, Z and S that introduce dozens of new chemical parameters that, in turn, generate thousands of potential genetic templates that didn’t previously exist.
Advocates of the technology say that, as a species, we need to test the limits of DNA to try and predict just how far life can evolve.
(What could possibly go wrong?)
This will help us defeat incurable diseases and viruses in the future here on Earth, as well as assisting in our search for extraterrestrial elsewhere in the solar system and wider universe. (Emphasis added)
Now, reading this, my first impression was a question: What on earth is NASA doing trying to figure out new models of DNA evolution and to predict them. My next thought was, "whew! this all sounds theoretical, no need to worry." But then I recalled that strange X-Files episode where a DNA sample is brought by Scully to a laboratory for analysis, and the mystified geneticist informs her that the sample can contained a fifth base pair, which (the geneticist said) by definition had to be extra-terrestrial.
As you can imagine, it's that last sentence that has my mind speculating all over the place. We're being asked to believe that this theoretical work in "predictive evolution" might lead to the ability to search for extra-terrestrial life "elsewhere in the solar system" and then "in the wider universe". In other words, perhaps NASA is experimenting with these theoretical evolutionary parameters in specific cases, i.e., what might life (and for that matter, intelligent life) look like under the surface on Mars, or some of the moons of Saturn or Jupiter? But could we also be looking at a kind of cover story for something that has already been discovered? Perhaps so.
But there's an even deeper, or perhaps "higher" high octane speculation buzzing around in my mind, and that is: what if we are looking at a carefully disguised program searching for extra-terrestrial life on this planet? In 2015 at the Secret Space Program conference in Bastrop, TX, I pointed out that if one read certain ancient texts a certain way, then one might conclude that one was looking at some "paleoancient" genetic engineering program, i.e., the creation of a hybrid race of "demigods" from the union of a terrestrial humanoid and "the gods." If one suspected that might have happened, how would one go about proving it? What if "they" were still around? The possibility, I implied, must have sent shock waves through the post-World War Two national security state, already dealing with a growing "UFO problem," for the implication of those ancient stories was that they not only looked like us, but that they could perhaps infiltrate the organs of government. That possibility became the theme for the last 1960s science fiction television series, The Invaders. How would one find them? In Bastrop I stated that there would be only one way: genetics. That search might reveal chimeras, or it might reveal unknown base pairs. But in any case, the possibility exists that we might just be looking at precisely the tip of the iceberg in such a program.
See you on the flip side...