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AdAp > Volume 5, Number 2, May 2020

The Search for Bacteria and Viruses in the Stratosphere

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DOI: 10.22606/adap.2020.52003

Author(s)
N. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Dhammika Maganarachchi, Robert Temple, Daryl H. Wallis, Edward J. Steele, Meththika Vithanage, Reginald M. Gorczynski, Gensuke Tokoro, Brig Klyce, Predrag Slijepcevic
Affiliation(s)
1Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, UK; 2Centre for Astrobiology, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka; 3National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka; 4Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
History of Chinese Science and Culture Foundation Conway Hall, London, UK
National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Centre for Astrobiology, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka; C. Y. O’Connor, ERADE Village, Foundation, Piara Waters, Perth 6112 WA, Australia
University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
University Toronto Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
Astrobiology Research Trust, Memphis, TN, USA
Brunel University, London, UK
Abstract
As we enter a new decade a plethora of evidence pointing to our cosmic origins is close to the point of being overwhelming. The possibility that viruses and bacteria of extraterrestrial origin are implicated in the onset and propagation of pandemic diseases, although still a controversial hypothesis, is also coming to the fore as one of the more plausible explanations of recent epidemiologic data. A long-entrenched paradigm of Earth-centred biology appears to prevail in scientific culture, which we believe is stifling serious concern for monitoring the Earth’s stratosphere for incoming bacteria and viruses and in consequence our safety. A matter of crucial importance for the next decade is to carry out a single decisive experiment that is long overdue – establishing empirically that extraterrestrial microbiota are continually being resupplied to the stratosphere and reaching Earth in biologically significant numbers.
Keywords
stratospheric dust, comets, bacteria and viruses, panspermia
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