Australian UFO Researcher
A PROVEN FOCUSED DNA TECHNIQUE FOR ASSESSING CLAIMS OF ALIEN ABDUCTION
Copyright © B. Chalker 2001
Many abduction cases exist where alleged biological evidence has been reported. Few of these cases have been the subject of investigations that try to adequately address the question of whether such evidence supports or refutes the possible alien reality behind such experiences.
Such events lend themselves to an established forensic DNA profiling technique, which could help establish the credibility of such claims.
Since most abduction cases imply a measure of unwanted assault on the victims of such experiences, a forensic approach towards verification of the alleged perpetrators is desirable.
Since DNA is the only building block of life that we know, biological specimens recovered in alleged abduction cases would provide researchers with a clear point of comparison.
A key claim by many abduction researchers is that abductions involve some form of genetic agenda. This scenario would require compatibility between aliens and humans. The claims of sexual encounters are alleged to add further support to this scenario. This very element amongst the extraordinary range of fantastic claims made about abductions is one of major stumbling blocks to the credibility of abduction claims. Mainstream science argues that if alien life exists it is unlikely to be compatible with human life. Hence any claims to the contrary, such as alien abductions, are regarded as absurd.
Therefore this limited and focused DNA profiling technique goes to the very heart of one of key claims behind the alleged alien abduction agenda. It provides an opportunity for testing the credibility of such claims. If such claims are true then there should be some compatibility in the DNA of alleged alien specimens, but some possible anomalies may be evident that would perhaps not be readily reconciled with measures of human DNA variability. One established way of undertaking this is to undertake such analysis with the goal to establish a precise DNA base sequence of mitochondrial hypervariable region I, spanning nucleotides 16,000 to 16,400 of mitochondrial DNA. Such DNA is present in hundreds of copies within each human cell, and therefore acts as an easily amplified genetic marker for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), even in moderately degraded samples, i.e. measuring the DNA variability beyond the documented human consensus of the region of DNA hypervariability.
This technique has been tested in one abduction case to date, in an investigation undertaken by this writer of a biological sample a blonde hair implicated in the abduction milieu of a Sydney man, Peter Khoury, during 1992:
Strange Evidence, International UFO Reporter (IUR), Spring, 1999 issue, Volume 24, No 1, pgs. 3-16, 31.
UFO ABDUCTIONS & SCIENCE - A CASE STUDY OF STRANGE EVIDENCE, Australasian Ufologist, Vol.3, No.3, 3rd, 1999, pgs. 43-56.
See a brief summary of the case
?DNA SAMPLE FROM ABDUCTION CASE RAISES BIG QUESTIONS Mystery Blonde Leaves Hair Behind -- But Who Was She? which can be found on the internet at several sites, including:
http://www.qtm.net/~geibdan/a1999/jun/g9.htm (UFO Folklore web site)
<http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6583/abduct077.html (Alien Astronomer web site)
The original analysis confirmed the hair came from someone who was biologically close to normal human genetics, but of an unusual racial type - a rare Chinese Mongoloid type one of the rarest human lineages known, that lies further from the human mainstream than any otherexce pt for African pygmies and aboriginals. There was the strange anomaly of it being blonde to clear instead of black, as would be expected from the Asian type mitochondrial DNA.
The original DNA work was done on the shaft of the hair. Fascinating further anomalies were found in the root of the hair. Two types of DNA were found depending on where the mitochondrial DNA testing occurs, namely confirming the rare Chinese type DNA in the hair shaft and indicating a rare possible Basque/Gaelic type DNA in the root section.
This case confirms the utility of the DNA forensic approach, however the real challenge ahead for researchers is to determine if these anomalies are both valid and significant. To do this, researchers in the controversial area of abductions should cooperate with a testing programme focused on this specific area of DNA profiling. Testing of a significant number of legitimate samples would provide an opportunity for validation of the unusual anomalies found to date. The further results would add to the database of biological evidence of alleged alien specimens. Such a strategy could help to determine if aliens are a biological reality and if indeed any are visiting our planet and abducting humans. Perhaps such information could also provide for an interesting perspective on the many stories of Nordic type beings implicated in UFO abduction and contact cases.
The Anomaly Physical Evidence Group (APEG) has been formed to focus attention on biological strategies in abduction investigations. Preliminary funding has facilitated a small laboratory presence addressing this exciting area. The APEG can be contacted through this writer at P.O. Box W42, West Pennant Hills, NSW, 2125, Australia or via <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
Further funding of this research is encouraged. Please contact Bill Chalker for further details.
Anyone who believes they have legitimate biological evidence implicated in UFO and abduction experiences are encouraged to contact the APEG through Bill Chalker. Any such evidence will need to be assessed for its potential as credible evidence warranting the cost, resources and time involved in this DNA focused study.
Source: The Australasian Ufologist Magazine Vol.5 No.1 Pg 7