Alien bacteria would not have to be dissimilar from terrestrial life. I
believe the whole point of the "panspermia" theory is that terrestrial life
is possibly descended from extraterrestrial life.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Anders Sandberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: November 24, 2000 2:31 p.m.
Subject: Re: ALERT!! Possible alien bacteria recovered ALIVE
> In order to recover alien bacteria you better grab a meteor, culture
> something from it and show that it was not similar to any extant
> terrestrial life (or at least shown that the
> alien-but-terrestrial-looking E Coli could not have infected the
> sample on Earth).
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