Enigmas of Life: Getting It Started and Becoming Complex

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
August 09, 2016, Belmont Media Center Belmont MA

Zachary Adam, Ph.D., Agouron Post-Doctoral Fellow, Knoll Lab, Harvard University.

Although the basic ingredients for life are among the most common elements in the universe, scientists are still uncertain how those elements combined on Earth to produce the simplest cells --and how complex cells eventually developed. Dr. Adam discusses these major questions and some associated assumptions. One of those assumptions is that the origin of life must have required water, and this is of particular interest to astrobiologists investigating the possibility of life beyond Earth.

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