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17 Jul 2018
In the 41 years since Viking, none of the many attempts to explain away the LR results nonbiologically has withstood scientific scrutiny, so no barrier remains to preclude the possibility of extant microbial life on Mars, or that the LR experiment detected it.
Comments on the June 7, 2018, NASA News Release and Papers by Gilbert V. Levin and Patricia Ann Straat, Astrobiology, 16 Jul 2018. Data from the Curiosity rover..., NASA's announcement, 07 Jun 2018.

NASA May Have Discovered and Then Destroyed Organics on Mars in 1976 by Chelsea Gohd,, 11 Jul 2018. Thanks Thanks, Martin Langford. Life on Mars! has background and links about the Viking mission.

Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life by Mike Wall,, 11 Jul 2018.
Stellar and Planetary Characterization of the Ross 128 Exoplanetary System from APOGEE Spectra by Diogo Souto et al., The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 13 Jun 2018. Thanks Thanks, Stan Franklin. Life on Europa...? has related links.

09 Jul 2018 What'sNEW about HGT |
how the BovB element has appeared in species that are wide apart Widespread transfer of genes between species has radically changed the genomes of today's mammals, and been an important driver of evolution. This is the conclusion of bioinformaticians at the University of Adelaide who tracked two specific genes across 759 species of plants, animals and fungi. Professor David Adelson adds, Even though our recent work involved the analysis of genomes from over 750 species, we have only begun to scratch the surface of horizontal gene transfer.
Cross Species Transfer of Genes Has Driven Evolution, University of Adelaide (+Newswise), 06 Jul 2018; re:
Horizontal transfer of BovB and L1 retrotransposons in eukaryotes by Atma M. Ivancevic et al., Genome Biology, 09 Jul 2018.

This awareness of has been slow to arrive, but the importance of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in evolution is a longstanding prediction of cosmic ancestry.
Viruses and Other Gene Transfer Mechanisms has background and many supporting links. Thanks Thanks, Google Alerts and Stan Franklin.

02 Jul 2018
The Growing Case for Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon is the subject of Chandra Wickramasinghe's forthcoming presentation at the 40th annual COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) Assembly in Pasadena, California.
WHERE: Ballroom F, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA.
WHEN: 2:30-3:00 PM, Wednesday, 18 July 2018.
COSPAR conference website
Hoyle and Wickramasinghe's Analysis of Interstellar Dust has background.
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