panspermia


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pan·sper·mi·a

, panspermatism (pan-sper'mē-ă, -sper'mă-tizm),
The hypothetical doctrine of the omnipresence of minute forms and spores of animal and vegetable life, thus accounting for apparent spontaneous generation.
[pan- + G. sperma, seed]

panspermia

(păn-spûr′mē-ə)
n.
The theory that microorganisms or biochemical compounds from outer space are responsible for originating life on Earth and possibly in other parts of the universe where suitable environmental conditions exist.
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Chandra Wickramasinghe and Fred Hoyle, Astronomical Origins of Life: Steps towards Panspermia (Frankfurt: Springer, 1999).
In practical terms, this proposition is consistent with the idea of directed panspermia.
One such theory, known as Panspermia, proposes the idea that all manner of diseases, including Aids, BSE, foot and mouth and even flu, may have originally come to Earth from outer space.
Ridley says that Crick once put forward panspermia (Earth was seeded with life by aliens) as an explanation for the origin of life on Earth.
The theory they eventually produced - based on panspermia, the idea that life began in space - created shockwaves which are still reverberating through the scientific community today.
Melbourne, Sept 3 (ANI): After nine years of research, panspermia theorists have said that the 'red' rains that occurred in India in July 2001 contained bugs that were unlike anything ever found on the Earth, suggesting that it may be an alien form of life.
Analysis of samples was organised by Prof Wickramasinghe, co-proponent with the late Sir Fred Hoyle of the mind-numbing theory of panspermia - the notion that life on Earth originated from micro-organisms or substances present in outer space.
In his article, Lal lays stress on the theory of panspermia, which view life as widespread throughout the cosmos.
The findings supported the increasingly accepted panspermia theory that life is common throughout the universe and that it came to earth from outer space through cometary material.
The theory, known as cometary panspermia, pioneered by Chandra Wickramasinghe and the late Sir Fred Hoyle argues the case that life was introduced to Earth by comets.
He and Sir Fred Hoyle put forward the theory of panspermia, that life was seeded from outer space, initially to much scientific ridicule.
Panspermia is the idea that life was seeded by extraterrestrial microbes in the form of hardy bacterial spores that hitched a ride on a space rock and landed on Earth.