Scientists attached small double strands of DNA to the outer casing of a rocket. Temperatures soared to more than 1,000 degrees Celsius during the short flight to sub-orbital space and back, but much of the DNA emerged intact. Over half was recovered from the grooves in screw heads and more than a third remained fully functional.
Many scientists believe comets may have brought amino acids and other organic building blocks of life to the Earth early in its history. Some even suggest that DNA, the essential molecule of life itself, could reach the Earth in meteoric dust, 100 tons of which hit the planet each day. See full Telegraph story.
So, is it any more astounding that each one of us could have lived before?
In the 70s when my children were young teens, I studied a book on palmistry. Okay, many people may not believe that lines on the inner hand have any meaning. However, I drew some amazing conclusions. Firstly, I'm an old soul judging by the myriad of lines on my palm. (I guess that's why I'm wise.)
But the astounding part came when I read my son's lines. At the age of 18, Kym's palm revealed nothing but a life-line, which cut off half way to the base where it should descend. (In ten years he would be dead.) The only explanation I could give for the lack of lines crisscrossing his palm was that he was a new soul. Is this possible? Makes you think, doesn't it?