A British scientist claims to have found a metal orb in Earth's statosphere which he believes to be an alien "seed of life" designed to create life on Earth. Milton Wainwright and his team are currently studying a microscopic metal globe.

Wainwright told The Express: "The structure is made from titanium and vanadium with a 'gooey' biological liquid oozing from its centre. It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material.

"This seeming piece of science fiction — called 'directed panspermia' — would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Francis Crick."

The theory of directed panspermia, as suggested by molecular biologists FHC Crick, proposes that life is deliberately propagated throughout the universe using comets and meteorites as a transmission vector.

His research abstract on alien transmitting life on Earth reads:

It now seems unlikely that extraterrestrial living organisms could have reached the earth either as spores driven by the radiation pressure from another star or as living organisms imbedded in a meteorite. As an alternative to these nineteenth-century mechanisms, we have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately transmitted to the earth by intelligent beings on another planet. We conclude that it is possible that life reached the earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic.

Wainwright takes his cue from the theory and believes that the titanium globe has come from outer space. "For the moment, we are content to say that the life-containing titanium sphere came from space, possibly from a comet. NASA is currently sending a balloon into the stratosphere to look for life. Hopefully they will get the same results as we have, whether or not they acknowledge what the team have found, or claim the discovery for themselves remains to be seen."