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Published: May 26, 2015

MSU’s Adami to be featured on Science Channel

Contact(s): Mackenzie Kastl Media Communications office: (517) 884-8048 mackenzie.kastl@cabs.msu.edu, Chris Adami Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Physics and Astronomy office: (517) 884-5068 adami@msu.edu

Michigan State University researcher Chris Adami, professor in the College of Natural Science, will be featured in an episode of Science Channel’s "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman." The episode premieres at 10 p.m. May 27.

The "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman" series is documentary-style science show focused on answering tough questions. Adami’s episode is titled “Are there aliens inside us?” and will focus on the sources of intelligence all around us.

The episode description provided by Science Channel reads: Odds are excellent that extraterrestrial life exists. So why haven’t we found aliens out in the galaxy? Are we looking in the wrong places? New research shows we should look closer to home, even inside our bodies. It turns out that a lot of our DNA is from a mysterious, nonhuman source. Theoretically, alien microbial life can make the journey to Earth from distant worlds, and scientists are finding some unearthly microbes in our upper atmosphere. Could it be from outer space? Could we be part alien? It’s even possible alien life is already here as digital life forms, hiding inside our technology.

Adami is a computational biologist with a focus on theoretical, experimental and computational Darwinian evolution, studying how biological systems evolve from the simplest molecules to the most complex structures such as the human brain. A professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics as well as Physics and Astronomy at MSU, he uses mathematics and computation to understand how simple rules can give rise to the most complex systems and behaviors.

Tune into Science Channel on Wednesday, May 27 at 10pm for the episode.

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