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Red Rain (Again)

It's red rain yet again. Researchers are still studying cells from India's 2001 red rain and have found that they multiply under extreme heat, and they DON'T contain DNA.

Life on Earth may have been seeded from comets, asteroids or meteors, according to controversial "evidence" of life on a meteorite from Mars. The cells, which are inert at room temperature, begin to reproduce when heated. In the Australia Herald Sun, Peter Farquhar quotes researcher physicist Godfrey Louis as saying that within 2 hours of being exposed to the heat, "daughter cells appear within the original mother cells and the number of cells in the samples increases with length of exposure."

Farquhar quotes an anonymous biologist as saying, "[The red rain cells don't] appear to have any nucleic acid template (DNA or RNA) [which is] is a revolutionary discovery in and of itself." The only life forms that occur on Earth without DNA are prions, some of which are the cause of Mad Cow Disease.The research team found an unusual pattern in the way the cells changed color under UV light, which has a "remarkable correspondence" with red emissions from the Red Rectangle planetary nebula some 2300 light years away, "suggesting, though not proving, an extraterrestrial origin."

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