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Advances in Astrophysics

Intelligent Messages in Bacterial DNA – a Sequel to SETI?

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DOI: 10.22606/adap.2021.61001


  • N. Chandra Wickramasinghe*
    Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, UK; Centre for Astrobiology, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka; National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka; Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
  • Gensuke Tokoro
    Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
  • Robert Temple
    History of Chinese Science and Culture Foundation Conway Hall, London, UK


It is proposed that the future trajectory of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and our exploration of alien planets and alien intelligence could be to consider the possibility of receiving and transmitting coded messages embedded as DNA inserts in bacteria and/or viruses. Physical space-travel and ambitions of space colonisation may well give way to a new era of “cultural” microbial colonisation of our galaxy.


SETI, panspermia, coded DNA, cultural colonisation


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