The origin of life is one of the biggest questions in science, but until recently it was, experimentally, a question in chemistry. Now, gene sequences and a better understanding of cell growth under extreme conditions are giving insights from biology. These point to hydro-thermal vent environments as 'incubators' that could drive growth in a similar way to cells at the origin of life.
Professor Lane will discuss how these ideas are being tested in the lab.
A lecture by Nick Lane, Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry University College London 20 May 2019
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/energy-matter-origin-of-life
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