Origin of life
On the Origins of Life
On the Origins of Life
Jef Akst | Mar 17, 2015
A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry.
From the Feature Well
From the Feature Well
Jef Akst | Dec 30, 2014
A review of The Scientist’s 2014 special issues, highlighting trending areas of research across the life sciences
Comet Lander Finds Organic Matter
Comet Lander Finds Organic Matter
Kerry Grens | Nov 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.
Early Animals Oxygenated Oceans
Early Animals Oxygenated Oceans
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2014
Researchers suggest that ancient animal species helped oxygenate Earth’s oceans, paving the way for complex life forms to evolve.
Summoned From the Depths
Summoned From the Depths
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2014
Geobiologist Roger Summons analyzes organic material in rocks found deep inside Earth, looking for evidence of how life originated and evolved on our planet—and possibly on Mars.
 
Let There Be Life
Let There Be Life
Mary Beth Aberlin | Mar 1, 2014
How did Earth become biological?