Scientists from the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology have found a tiny metal orb that they believe is extraterrestrial in origin. It follows findings that DNA capable of inserting itself into living creatures and replicating can exist in harsh space conditions. A tiny ‘plasmid’, a circular strand of DNA used in genetic engineering, was sent into space from Sweden in 2011 on the exterior of a TEXUS-49 rocket. After enduring 1,000C heat it was found to still be intact and with its biological properties when it returned to Earth. The mysterious orb which is about the width of a human hair has filamentous life on its outer casing and also has a strange biological material leaking out from its core. The lead scientist of the team who discovered the biological entity claims that it may have been sent by an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization possibly for the purpose of seeding alien life on Earth. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology said it is further proof of alien life. However the latest finding, by Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, could reveal a much more sinister purpose. It could have been deliberately engineered and sent to Earth to infect the planet. Professor Wainwright said the structure is made from the metals titanium and vanadium with a “gooey” biological liquid oozing from its centre. He said there are several theories as to where it came from, the first being it is a complete microorganism programmed to propagate alien life on Earth.