The search for alien life forms should be conducted here on Earth rather than in outer space, scientists have claimed.

Published: 7:24AM GMT 25 Jan 2010

Prof Davies said: We need to give up the notion that ET is sending us some sort of customised message and take a new approach Photo: GETTY

Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona University will tell a meeting at the Royal Society that the best way of proving that extra-terrestrial life exists elsewhere in the universe is to use evidence from earth.
The meeting at the Royal Society, which will include representatives from Nasa, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer space Affairs marks the 5th anniversary of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programme. Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society will also lead one of the sessions.

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