For decades, scientists have searched in vain for an alien signal to present itself in the depths of space. SETI’s fruitless quest to make contact with an extraterrestrial race has yielded frustration and, increasingly, doubters who use the Fermi Paradox and the Great Silence to argue that we are alone in the universe, that if advanced aliens were out there we would have spotted their signature by now.
They’ve searched for high frequency energy pulses, radio signals, large scale engineering projects like Dyson Spheres…
But maybe they were looking in the wrong place. New evidence is suggesting that instead of searching the stars with telescopes, we should have been searching our DNA with microscopes. Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute claim they have discovered an intelligent signal inside human DNA. In this case, ‘biological SETI’, as it’s known, involves “arithmetical and ideographical patterns of symbolic language.” In other words, it’s possible that an intelligent species encoded a message or signature into the very structure of our DNA.
This is not a particularly new notion. The idea of ‘panspermia’ has been around for a while, just as the idea of ‘alien gods’ has been a staple of science fiction for centuries. Indeed, the recent film Prometheus posited the concept in the form of the Engineers. It turns out it could be closer to reality than we thought.
The scientists have not yet decoded the ‘signature’. In fact, precise information about how that would even be possible is missing. A comprehensive study of a mathematical genomic message will take time. Their research simply suggests that the human genome would be an ideal carrier for cosmic inter-species messages and that our specific DNA structure contains a curiously precise order between nucleotides and amino acids.
They go on to suggest it’s quite possible our DNA was constructed outside this solar system billions of years ago. But how did it get here to this perfect evolutionary hot spot? Through meteorites and asteroids, or through a deliberate act of world-building? Moreover, if our DNA contains a message–what’s the message??