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From Non-Life to Life

From Non-Life to Life

Martin Hanczyc (credit: Hanczyc lab)

 

How life got started here on Earth is an existential question in biology, evolution, and philosophy. How did it get going from non-life to life? Did biology evolve in-situ or arrive from outer space by panspermia? What was the catalyst that turned non-living chemistry into something biological that had 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 duplicate the right conditions in the laboratory, to help resolve these questions.

Efforts and results from Martin Hanczyc's lab in Italy are fascinating. He is trying to develop model systems to test and apply to 'origin studies' that can provide insights into how life might have begun here and on exoplanets. Hanczyc also has some ideas on where are the best places to look. WHB

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