posted on Apr, 20 2010 @ 01:09 AM
Now here's something interesting. It's a computer chip being developed to detect alien life:
This Chip Can Sift Martian Soil For Alien DNA
Someday, microfluidics chips like this one might suss out life on Mars. The chip, developed by Gary Ruvkun, a professor of genetics at Harvard
University, would ride along on a soil-collecting rover and search for microscopic life within Martian dust.
It will use a combination of buffer solution, detergent and high-frequency sound waves to disrupt the cells, causing any minuscule Martians to release
their genetic material. Chemicals in the chip would then amplify the DNA found and label it with fluorescent dyes.
It's only about 3% complete, apparently, but, if this works, it'll definitely be a hell of a lot more efficient then digging the dirt ourselves (if
a little unromantic). We can just send this guy out there, let it do it's thing, and then call it back when its finished. If we could integrate it
into a self replicating machine, it could also spread to other "potential" planets. But, that's getting a little ahead.
I'm a little unsure about the whole "disrupting the cells" bit, but I guess it would only cause minimum damage. also its really only for micro
This is, however,assuming that alien genetic code could even be recognized as DNA. who knows what they use up there.
Well my friends, what's your take on this?
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[edit on 4/20/10 by Redajin]