In yesterdays post I mentioned 3D genetic printers. These printers will be on board of spacecraft on missions to planets that may sustain life. If life is already present then these spacecraft will pursue their mission elsewhere. Otherwise, they will seek the oceans to complete their tasks.
The genetic code of proto-life allows for adaptation to a variety of environments. Typically, the first genetic spawn will serve to collect energy and kick off a food chain. From their on, the genetic code will develop the ability to migrate and populate. Once there is a stable base of proto-life, specialization will occur including symbiotic populations and intelligence.
Although the genetic code will be comprehensive and be able to replicate the entire evolution of life as it unfolded on earth, more likely the genomes of species will evolve to be adapted to the new environment.
We’ll never get a return signal from such missions as the distances are measured in light years. If earth however is the only place in the universe that has evolved life, then it is our cosmic duty to ensure it survives, if not here, at least elsewhere.