Bob137 wrote:That's for sure. since the latest testing shows it isn't a regular human at least, and nothing before or since has come up with an explanation of the sequencing, other than alien dna!
According to the Starchild website, the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the Starchild had some nucleotides that were anomalous when compared to a known test-sequence of human mtDNA. The authors interpreted this to mean that they may have discovered a new species of hominid (at a minimum).
They tested a sequence of 167 nucleotides and found 17 of which were missing or added. Not sure if the is normal for a skull that is 900 hundreds years old (between contamination and degradation), but the authors seem to think that if this ratio holds up for the entire genome of the Starchild, then this will be conclusive proof of a new species. Apparently, other species of hominids have even less variation in their genomes, ratio-wise.
The total number of nucleotides that need to be tested is 16,570.
So, since: 17 / 167 = 0.1017 or 10.2%, then they should expect to find 0.1017 X 16,570 = 1,705-ish variations. Since this number is much greater that the 120 variations across human mtDNA, this would serve as a basis for concluding a new species of hominid.
Be interesting to see if they present a peer-review paper on their results and conclusions (right now they are withholding the names of some researches).
(Apparently, the nuclear DNA was not conclusive because full testing was not carried out due to expense, however, if they can get the smoking gun from the mtDNA, then funding would not likely be a problem for sequencing the entire DNA genome of the Starchild).