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Non-Life to Life

Non-Life to Life

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, August 7, 2018/Categories: natural history, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

                                Martin Hanczyc (credit: Hanczyc lab)

How did life get started is an existential question in biology, evolution, and philosophy. How did it get going on Earth? Did biology evolve in-situ or arrive from outer space by panspermia? What was the catalyst that turned non-living chemistry into something alive with the ability to reproduce itself? Was the process fast or slow? Such origin-of-life studies have been in progress for years, all trying to create the correct conditions in the laboratory, to help resolve such questions.

Recent lab results like Martin Hanczyc's in Italy are fascinating. In trying to develop model systems to test, 'origin studies' provide insights into how life might also have begun on other planets and where are the best places to look.



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