A term used in Ufology to describe a physical object placed in someone's body after they have been abducted by aliens from outer space.
An increasingly common feature of alien abduction reports, consisting of the belief by abductees that, in addition to undergoing a thorough physical examination, a long, thin needle is injected into them by the extraterrestrial abductors. Sometimes this needle is topped with a tiny metal ball, less than one-tenth of an inch in diameter. When the needle is removed, the ball is no longer there. Abductees claim that it has been placed in their nose, ear, or even in their eye socket. Some abductees have reported that a small ball has been removed from their bodies during a similar operation.
Alien implant reports are a fairly new development in the abduction experience, starting with the alleged 1967 abduction of a Massachusetts woman, Betty Andreasson, who claimed that a tiny spiked ball had been inserted up her nose by her abductors.
Andreasson's alleged abduction took place in 1967, but was reported and investigated only in 1979. By the 1980s, the claim of foreign objects being implanted by extraterrestrials had proliferated amongst the abductee community.
Apparently, the memory of this procedure is often distressing, and many people have undergone brain scans in the hope of revealing the presence of an implant.
Results have been inconclusive. Some anomalies have shown up, but it is not clear whether these are natural, or the result of technical malfunctions, or signs of a foreign body.
In September 1986, the well-respected science journal Nature published a report by gynecologists at a hospital in Oxford, England. According to it, the doctors had found a mysterious object in a woman's amniotic fluid during a routine prenatal chromosome test. Apparently this object was made of an unknown material and consisted of small dots in a regular grid pattern; it measured only 10 microns, which was considerably smaller than the size of any other reported implants.
Undoubtedly, implant advocates are the ones who have the burden of proof. No one has yet satisfactorily explained what this strange object is; on the other hand, there is no evidence to suggest that it is an alien implant. More and better physical evidence of this type will be needed to convince the scientific community of the alleged reality of visiting aliens.
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