[meteorite-list] Italian Researchers Find Traces Of Life In Meteorites

From: Robert Verish <bolidechaser_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:46:22 2004
Message-ID: <20010510170147.61420.qmail_at_web10402.mail.yahoo.com>

The bacteria were described as very primitive
with a DNA network but no IMMUNE SYSTEM.

What in the world does this mean!?

Matteo? Can you translate this article for us?

This is going to be, either very big news, or VERY
embarrassing. (Why do I think the later?)

Bob V.

--- Ron Baalke <baalke_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
> Italian researchers find traces of life in
> meteorites
> ROME (AFP) May 10, 2001
> Italian researchers have found traces of life in 4.5
> billion-year-old meteorites, according to the
Italian daily Corriere
> della Sera.
> Geologist Bruno D'Argegno and molecular biologist
> Giuseppe Geraci, both from
> the Federico II University in Naples, borrowed
> meteorite samples from a
> local museum and introduced them to a "physiological
> solution," D'Argegno
> told the paper.
> "Then we saw these micro-organisms appear and begin
> to move," the researcher
> said.
> The scientists noted 78 different types of bacteria
> -- known as
> crystallo-microbes or "crim" for short -- which they
> identified as being
> similar to ones which existed on Earth some 3.5
> billion years ago.
> The bacteria were described as very primitive
> organisms, with a DNA network
> but no immune system.
> The two Italian experts presented their conclusions
> to the Italian Space
> Agency (ASI) on Wednesday, the paper said.
> The space agency's scientific director,
> astrophsicist Giovanni F. Bignami
> hailed the findings as "an excellent basis for
> boosting research programmes
> dedicated to the search for life on other planets in
> the solar system."
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