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SARS – From Evolution or Space?
A trio of astrobiologists in India and Britain are suggesting that the SARS virus may have come from space. The idea came from experiments where "large quantities of viable micro-organisms" were captured at altitudes of up to 41,000 meters.
The letter, published in the British medical weekly, The Lancet, was written by Jayant Narlikar of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India; Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University's Centre for Astrobiology; and Milton Wainwright of Sheffield University's Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in Britain.
The letter explained that the great flu pandemic of 1918-1919, which slew tens of millions of people, might have been just such an example of a disease sown from space.
Other experts say that the conditions in space are too severe for such germs to survive in space and that the possibilities are very unlikely.
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