Dr. Lewis Dartnell on Arsenic Based Life in Mono Lake: “They’re aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us.”

In front of the NASA news conference scheduled for 11:00 AM Pacific time, reliable news is finally leaking. A science correspondent for London’s Telegraph quotes an astrobiologist as saying this about a bacterial discovery in Mono Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra mountains in California:

Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist at the Centre for Planetary Sciences in London, said: “If these organisms use arsenic in their metabolism, it demonstrates that there are other forms of life to those we knew of.”

And:

“They’re aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us.”

Exciting stuff. But there’s an “if” buried in Dr. Dartnell’s comment, isn’t there?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Dr. Lewis Dartnell on Arsenic Based Life in Mono Lake: “They’re aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us.”

  1. Paradigm says:

    NASA loves to imply that there are extra-terrestrials to get the media’s attention. But I’m bet this is just a DNA-based lifeform with an unusual diet.

    I find the stories about alien abductions more interesting. It’s not just white trash that claim to have had these encounters but all sorts of people all over the world. And there is no good psychological explanation for this phenomenon.

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