Study suggests life may have originated before Earth itself.
A new paper suggests that life on Earth could be 9.7 billion years old - more than 5 billion years older than Earth itself.
The authors argue that it may be possible to measure the rate at which the genetic complexity of life has increased on Earth, as measured by the number of non-redundant functional nucleotides in organisms. This growth has continued exponentially, in a similar way to Moores Law, allowing the team to work backwards to a date when just a single base pair indicates the start of life on Earth.
Let’s suppose for a minute that these guys are correct and ask about the implications of the idea. They say there is good evidence that bacterial spores can be rejuvenated after many millions of years, perhaps stored in ice.
190 million year old dinosaur embryos uncovered.
Organic remains and dinosaur embryos have been uncovered in China, according to a new study in Nature. The discovery reveals for the first time how dinosaurs grew and developed inside their eggs, showing that “dinosaurs, like modern birds, moved around inside their eggs. It represents the first evidence of such movement in a dinosaur”, according to the project leader.
The organic remains discovered was collagen, found inside bone. Finding the organic matter still intact has also raised hopes that DNA may be able to be retrieved.
Protesters capture photos of genetically modified ‘winged pigs’.
Animal rights activists in Russia have captured images of a genetically modified pig, in a breeding program that now seems to be over a year old - the first images were seen of the pigs here last year, when the pigs were given ‘wings’ in a world first research program.
While the anonymous group didn’t say exactly where the photos were taken, they have released two shots showing one pig apparently managing to lift its own body weight with its wings.