Did a Comet Bring SARS to Earth?
"Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an atypical pneumonia of unknown origin, first recognized at the end of February 2003.
Medical researchers have described the bug that causes SARS as a coronavirus.
WHO is coordinating an international investigation with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and is providing epidemiological, clinical and logistical support to health authorities in affected countries.
Comets in the picture? Some space biologists have suggested in recent years that comets may contain organic chemicals and even water."
INFLUENZA FROM SPACE?
"The lethal wave of influenza in 1918-19... was first detected on the same day in Boston and Bombay. Yet in spreading within the United States it took three weeks to go from Boston to New York. â€” Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (1)
One of Hoyle and Wickramasinghe's more controversial claims is that influenza outbreaks are often caused by newly arriving viruses from space. Among several lines of evidence, they noticed that the worst flu epidemics coincide with peaks in the eleven-year cycle of sunspot activity. When an unusually vigorous flu epidemic again matched the pattern in January, 2000, they renewed the story in Current Science, a weekly journal of the Indian Academy of Sciences. In London, The Guardian covered the story (2), and a controversy erupted. Here is some of the ensuing discussion, 21-26 January 2000."
"New genetic programs in Darwinism and strong panspermia
The history of life on Earth is characterized by the appearance of species with new organs, parts, tissues, systems and capabilities. Examples of these new features include the first appearance of photosynthesis, oxygen metabolism, multicellularity, cell specialization, sexual reproduction, locomotion, digestive systems, circulatory systems, nervous systems, hard shells, lungs, limbs, bones, scales, feathers, skin, hair, wings, eyes, ears, etc. Such new features are made possible by new genetic programs. The genetic programs for photosynthesis and oxygen metabolism, for example, are well-studied. We would like to know where new genetic programs come from.
What about the big bang? We are aware of the argument that genetic programs must originate at some time. The foundation for this argument is the big bang. However, if new genetic programs do originate as Darwinism prescribes, the process would have continued at least until the emergence of the human species. It should be possible to obtain evidence of this recent process. If the evidence is obtained, the existing paradigm would get welcome confirmation. If direct evidence is not obtained after sustained effort, that result would also contribute to science.
The situation was analogous in the 1880s, when Al Michelson sought direct evidence of the luminiferous aether. Almost no one doubted its existence. The highly successful wave theory of light seemed to require it. The definitive experiment was performed by Michelson and Ed Morely, and reported in 1887. When no evidence of the aether was found, a major scientific advance ensued. "
"21 Feb 2005: Duplication Makes A New Primate Gene
A new primate gene has been analyzed by German molecular biologists (1). Comparing sequences from the human, mouse, rat, roundworm, fruitfly, mosquito and pufferfish genomes, the biologists identified 22 genes that were present as only single-copy orthologs in all but humans, where they have at least one paralog. These genes were most likely duplicated after the evolutionary split between the human and mouse lineages, they reasoned. Among the 22 duplicated genes, they named the most interesting one RGP. The human version of it has eight family members, each predicted to encode proteins of more than 1700 amino acids (big ones). Important functions for them are likely, but not precisely known. "