Aug 14

Spiders in the Stratosphere ?

Spiders in the Stratosphere (?)   For some time now, I have been coming across the occasional mention of unsubstantiated claims that spiders have been found in the stratosphere. Obviously, this would be damaging to the view that the biological entities we isolate from the high stratosphere are too large to be elevated from Earth […]

Jan 2

Human and other Earth-derived DNA in the Stratosphere?

During analysis of a balloon-launched sampler, evidence for the existence of human, and a vast variety of DNA derived from other organisms, in the stratosphere was found. We obviously cannot publish such findings on human DNA because of the problem of contamination during sampling and processing (of course, this may not have happened!). However, this […]

Dec 18


At the age of 67 and after working continuously at the University of Sheffield for some 42 years I have decided to retire, largely because of antagonism, for my work by certain sections of the University and because funding has now dried up. Fortunately, we recently obtained funds from a private donor to do a […]