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Building Blocks of Life May Have Formed in Water Droplets

By Ashley Yeager | October 23, 2017

Reactions that generate fundamental components of the cell run smoothly in microdroplets, study shows.

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The dust surrounding emerging, Sun-like stars contains methyl isocyanate, an organic molecule.

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Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?

By Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | 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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Contributors

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2015 issue of The Scientist.

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New Legs to Stand On

By Mary Beth Aberlin | June 1, 2015

Reconstructing the past using ancient DNA

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On the Origins of Life

By Jef Akst | 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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From the Feature Well

By Jef Akst | December 30, 2014

A review of The Scientist’s 2014 special issues, highlighting trending areas of research across the life sciences

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Comet Lander Finds Organic Matter

By Kerry Grens | November 19, 2014

Although Philae’s active life on a comet lasted just a few days, it has confirmed what many had suspected: organic molecules are present.

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Early Animals Oxygenated Oceans

By Bob Grant | March 11, 2014

Researchers suggest that ancient animal species helped oxygenate Earth’s oceans, paving the way for complex life forms to evolve.

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