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We found that when a microlitre of the rain specimen was heated in a specially-made pressure chamber, the cells replicated several folds at 300 degrees Celsius. We are waiting to publish this in a scientific journal and get it peer-reviewed,’’ said Dr Godfrey Louis, professor and head of the university’s department of physics.
The new results would add some substance to the duo’s previous finding that DNA cells were absent in the red rain cells despite these showing a clear cell structure in transmission microscopy.
“We believe that the origin of the red particles was from cometary fragments which underwent atmospheric disintegration above Kerala,” he said.