Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life

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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.

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This event was on Mon, 20 May 2019

Nick Lane

Professor Nick Lane

Professor Lane is Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. His research is about how energy flow shapes the broad sweep of evolution, focusing on the origin of life and the improbable emergence of complex cells.

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