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Asgard Archaea Hint at Eukaryotic Origins

By | January 18, 2017

A newly discovered superphylum of archaea may be related to a microbe that engulfed a bacterium to give rise to complex eukaryotic life.

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image: Further Evidence that Life Might Have Started with RNA

Further Evidence that Life Might Have Started with RNA

By | May 13, 2016

Researchers show how RNA bases could self-assemble in conditions that might resemble Earth’s primordial soup.

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Accomplished Biophysicist Dies

By | April 5, 2016

Harold Morowitz, who dedicated his career to investigating the origins of life, has passed away at age 88.

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Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?

By | October 20, 2015

A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.

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Early Code

By | June 3, 2015

New research points to key properties of transfer RNA molecules and amino acids that may have supported the origin of life on Earth.

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The Living Set

By | June 1, 2015

Mathematical and computational approaches are making strides in understanding how life might have emerged and organized itself from the basic chemistry of early Earth.

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On the Origins of Life

By | March 17, 2015

A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry.

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Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet

By | March 1, 2014

In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.

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Discovering Archaea, 1977

By | March 1, 2014

Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.

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Early Evidence

By | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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