Possible Micro-Organisms on Mars 3 x 10^9 Years Ago

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>From:	hillman at math.washington.edu (Christopher Hillman)
>Subject: Possible Micro-Organisms on Mars 3 x 10^9 Years Ago
>Date:	6 Aug 1996 22:31:28 GMT
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>Thought readers of this newsgroup would be excited by the following
>press release from NASA.  Among many other interesting questions,
>this raises the question of whether these putative micro-organisms
>used DNA/RNA or something completely different to encode enzymes or
>some functional equivalent of enzymes.  I suppose there is no hope
>of trying to isolate small fragments of genetic material which just
>might be left intact subsequent to fossilization?
>
>Chris Hillman
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>Laurie Boeder
>Headquarters, Washington, DC        August 6, 1996
>(Phone:  202/358-1898)
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>RELEASE:  96-159
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>STATEMENT FROM DANIEL S. GOLDIN, NASA ADMINISTRATOR
>
>     "NASA has made a startling discovery that points to the 
>possibility that a primitive form of microscopic life may 
>have existed on Mars more than three billion years ago.  The 
>research is based on a sophisticated examination of an ancient
>Martian meteorite that landed on Earth some 13,000 years ago.
>
>     The evidence is exciting, even compelling, but not 
>conclusive.  It is a discovery that demands further 
>scientific investigation.  NASA is ready to assist the 
>process of rigorous scientific investigation and lively 
>scientific debate that will follow this discovery.
>
>     I want everyone to understand that we are not talking 
>about 'little green men.'  These are extremely small, single-
>cell structures that somewhat resemble bacteria on Earth.  
>There is no evidence or suggestion that any higher life form 
>ever existed on Mars.
>
>     The NASA scientists and researchers who made this 
>discovery will be available at a news conference tomorrow to 
>discuss their findings.  They will outline the step-by-step 
>"detective story" that explains how the meteorite arrived 
>here from Mars, and how they set about looking for evidence 
>of long-ago life in this ancient rock.  They will also 
>release some fascinating images documenting their research.
>
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>From:	hillman at math.washington.edu (Christopher Hillman)
>Subject: Possible Micro-Organisms on Mars 3 x 10^9 Years Ago
>Date:	6 Aug 1996 22:31:28 GMT
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>Thought readers of this newsgroup would be excited by the following
>press release from NASA.  Among many other interesting questions,
>this raises the question of whether these putative micro-organisms
>used DNA/RNA or something completely different to encode enzymes or
>some functional equivalent of enzymes.  I suppose there is no hope
>of trying to isolate small fragments of genetic material which just
>might be left intact subsequent to fossilization?
>
>Chris Hillman
>
>------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>Laurie Boeder
>Headquarters, Washington, DC        August 6, 1996
>(Phone:  202/358-1898)
>
>RELEASE:  96-159
>
>STATEMENT FROM DANIEL S. GOLDIN, NASA ADMINISTRATOR
>
>     "NASA has made a startling discovery that points to the 
>possibility that a primitive form of microscopic life may 
>have existed on Mars more than three billion years ago.  The 
>research is based on a sophisticated examination of an ancient
>Martian meteorite that landed on Earth some 13,000 years ago.
>
>     The evidence is exciting, even compelling, but not 
>conclusive.  It is a discovery that demands further 
>scientific investigation.  NASA is ready to assist the 
>process of rigorous scientific investigation and lively 
>scientific debate that will follow this discovery.
>
>     I want everyone to understand that we are not talking 
>about 'little green men.'  These are extremely small, single-
>cell structures that somewhat resemble bacteria on Earth.  
>There is no evidence or suggestion that any higher life form 
>ever existed on Mars.
>
>     The NASA scientists and researchers who made this 
>discovery will be available at a news conference tomorrow to 
>discuss their findings.  They will outline the step-by-step 
>"detective story" that explains how the meteorite arrived 
>here from Mars, and how they set about looking for evidence 
>of long-ago life in this ancient rock.  They will also 
>release some fascinating images documenting their research.
>
>                         -end-
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