Origin and evolution of life

  • A new approach to the question of life's origin focuses not on the chemical 'hardware' of life, but instead the 'software' or information content.
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  • Scientists have discovered that water transforms into a previously unknown structure between a liquid and a vapor when in contact with alcohol molecules containing long, only chains. The findings could have implications in understanding numerous biological processes.
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  • Molecular biologist and complexity theorist, Stuart Kauffman, discusses his role in research taking place as part of the Origin of Life-CERN collaborative project. In February 2013, CERN is set to host private talks concerning the potential for origin of life research at the organization.
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  • Recent mathematical research is shedding light on a possible mechanism involved in the origin of life on Earth.
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  • A new study on feathers in bird-like dinosaurs is helping scientists understand how flight may have evolved on Earth.
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  • A new instrument could allow astrobiologists to study chirality, or "handedness," of amino acids on our solar system's icy moons, asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects.
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  • By accidentally impaling his hand on a tree branch, a 71-year-old man helped scientists discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects.
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  • Researchers have solved an age-old riddle surrounding the evolutionary relationships of a much-debated fossil mammal. The findings also show that the family of mammals represented by the fossil survived the extinction event that marks the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.
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  • Early forms of life on Earth may have used RNA to encode genetic instructions before the advent of DNA. But what sort of genetic molecules did life rely on before RNA? A new study may help answer this question.
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  • A new technique could help scientists easily determine the time of divergence for branches on the 'Tree of Life.'
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