Friday, August 9, 2013

Experiments Conducted on ISS Support Theory That Seeds of Life Were Transported To Earth From Space

By Ann Massey

Link for those who read conspiracy thrillers

From my novel The Biocide Conspiracy one might believe the ISS is being used for sinister purposes. It might well be that germ warfare research is being conducted on the station, but I doubt it-- that's the stuff of science fiction writers like me. It is being used more constructively to determine how plants will cope with climate change. To my mind that's a much more valid reason than proving the hypothesis that the seeds of life were transported to Earth from an alien planet.  Even so the results do add weight to the theory that the plant life arrived from Space. It has been shown that plants have the capacity to adapt to extreme environments unknown on Earth. 

"Root patterns believed to be gravity dependent grew in the weightless ISS environment."

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) which has been grown in an experimental chamber on board the space station was genetically modified to give off an eerie green glow under stress. This was not a mere novelty. The glow has a serious purpose. The plants was subjected to extremes of pressure, temperature and drought, (some extremes can only be found in space). By watching parts of the plant light up scientists were able to track cellular changes.Researchers were surprised by the results.
Root patterns believed to be gravity dependent grew in the weightless ISS environment.  Perhaps plants are not the passive passengers on the Earth's surface we believe them to be. 

"When you destroy a blade of grass/ you poison England at her roots/ Remember no man's foot may pass/Where evermore no green grass shoots." 

The quote is the first stanza of a poem I was taught in school.Written last century it highlights the urgency of the experimental research being conducted on the ISS. To my mind it's more deserving of publicity than Chris Hadfield jamming on his guitar.                  

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