origins of life
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Opinion: Constrain Speculation to Protect the Integrity of Science
Mike Klymkowsky | Jun 18, 2018
What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.
EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution
EPA’s Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Buy Evolution
Kerry Grens | Mar 5, 2018
In audio files from 2005, the future Administrator of the EPA said there’s a lack of “sufficient scientific facts” to back the theory.
Building Blocks of Life May Have Formed in Water Droplets
Building Blocks of Life May Have Formed in Water Droplets
Ashley Yeager | Oct 23, 2017
Reactions that generate fundamental components of the cell run smoothly in microdroplets, study shows.
In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old
In Canada, Signs of Life Nearly 4 Billion Years Old
Ashley P. Taylor | Sep 28, 2017
Embedded within 3.95-billion-year-old rock, scientists have found graphite with a carbon signature that indicates biological activity.
Asgard Archaea Hint at Eukaryotic Origins
Asgard Archaea Hint at Eukaryotic Origins
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 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.
Further Evidence that Life Might Have Started with RNA
Further Evidence that Life Might Have Started with RNA
Catherine Offord | May 13, 2016
Researchers show how RNA bases could self-assemble in conditions that might resemble Earth’s primordial soup.
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Accomplished Biophysicist Dies
Catherine Offord | Apr 5, 2016
Harold Morowitz, who dedicated his career to investigating the origins of life, has passed away at age 88.
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?
Jef Akst | Oct 20, 2015
A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.
Early Code
Early Code
Jef Akst | Jun 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.
The Living Set
The Living Set
Wim Hordijk | Jun 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.