'Sirius' Documentary Reveals DNA of '6-Inch Alien'
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'SIRIUS' DOCUMENTARY REVEALS DNA TEST RESULTS ON ATA, THE '6-INCH ALIEN'
By Lee Speigel
April 23, 2013
The mummified remains of what looks like a 6-inch space alien has turned
"Sirius" into the most eagerly awaited documentary among UFO enthusiasts.
The findings, however, might come as a disappointment.
In early publicity, filmmakers claimed the documentary would reveal that
the DNA of the creature with an oversized alien-looking head couldn't be
In fact, the film, which premiered Monday in Hollywood, features a
scientist who concluded the little humanoid was human.
"I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey. It is human
-- closer to human than chimpanzees. It lived to the age of six to
eight. Obviously, it was breathing, it was eating, it was metabolizing.
It calls into question how big the thing might have been when it was
born,"said Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford
University's School of Medicine in California.
"The DNA tells the story and we have the computational techniques that
allows us to determine, in very short order, whether, in fact, this is
human," Nolan, who performed the DNA tests, explains in the film.
"Sirius" focuses on the remains of the small humanoid, nicknamed Ata,
that was discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 10 years ago and has,
literally, gone through different hands and ownership since then.
The film also explores an ongoing grassroots movement to get the U.S.
government to reveal what it reportedly knows about UFOs,
extraterrestrials and the availability of advanced alternative energy
technologies that could greatly benefit everyone on Earth.
The primary force behind "Sirius" is Steven Greer, a former emergency
room doctor who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial
Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project.
One odd thing about the Ata controversy is how it came to the recent
attention of the American public.
Early in the documentary, Greer refers to Ata as an extraterrestrial
being, explaining how it was found in the Atacama Desert and "we don't
know how it came about." That seems strange because HuffPost recently
reported on the well known history of little Ata since its discovery 10
years ago and subsequent moving from hand to hand, ending up in Spain.
Early PR for "Sirius" referred to the "paradigm shifting physical
evidence of a medically and scientifically analyzed DNA sequenced
humanoid creature of unknown classification." This fueled rumors,
speculation and more than likely, the hope many people had that,
finally, a real alien creature had been discovered and proven to have
But now that the film is available to everybody, and DNA analysis shows
that Ata was human, was that early PR hype about the humanoid a bit
"My interest, frankly, is to disprove that it's anything unusual or
anything paranormal," Nolan said prior to beginning his DNA study of the
small portions of Ata he was allowed to work with. "I would like to
prove that this is human [and] just an interesting mutation. In every
situation with scientists, your reputation's at stake. I have every
expectation that even doing this is going to lead to some ribbing from
some of my colleagues."
One of the leading theories going into the DNA testing was that Ata may
have been an unborn fetus. But, even that turned out to be incorrect,
according to Nolan's surprising (or not, depending on your point of
view) conclusions of his investigation.
"The sequence that we got from the mitochondria [energy factories of
cells] tells us with extremely high confidence that the mother was an
indigenous Indian from the Chilean area. The other thing that
immediately fell out of the analysis is that it's male. It probably died
in the last century, if I were to make a guess."
Nolan concedes he entered this study thinking that DNA was the answer,
but then realized there were other biology questions about Ata that
still needed to be understood and answered. He plans to eventually
publish his findings after more analysis.
Will the public be disappointed or relieved that Ata has so far been
classified as human?
The rest of "Sirius" -- from Emmy-winning director Amardeep Kaleka and
narrated by actor Thomas Jane -- includes numerous government and
military witnesses talking about their beliefs in extraterrestrial
visitation to Earth as well as their opinions on advanced alternative
energy sources they feel should be made public.
"There have been attempts to bring this information out for over 60
years. Here we sit with the world still burning oil and gas and coal,
when we have had technology, sciences and all the information we need to
have had a completely new civilization," says Greer, who will be one of
many speakers at next week's Citizen Hearing On Disclosure in
While "Sirius" doesn't completely live up to the "alien entity" hype
that's been generated over the past few weeks, it does offer many points
of view from legitimate investigators trying to provide as much
information to the public about the UFO-ET subject.
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