Friday, December 16, 2005

Panda's Thumb on Abiogenesis

Mat Brauer at Panda's Thumb has brought up a subject yesterday which is especially close to my heart: abiogenesis, that is, the origins of life. (Carl Zimmer has covered aspects of this before, particularly with reference to recent experiments relating to the RNA world. I am including links to the Zimmer articles below. Similarly, I will include a link to a post from evolgen which is closely related to the Zimmer articles.) A fairly good conversation has ensued discussing various aspects of the problem of the origins of life. I will no doubt be mining some of the references for additional material, but for the time being, if this is something which is of interest to you, please check it out.

Incidentally, you might also want to look at the following:

Abiogenesis from EvoWiki

What Came Before DNA? DISCOVER , JUNE 2004 by Carl Zimmer

Getting Closer To Life's Dawn, by Carl Zimmer September 02, 2004

On the origin of life, by RPM at "Evolgen," March 09, 2005

Life's Origins Were Easier Than Was Thought, September 16, 2005

Project on the origins of life launched
Harvard joining debate on evolution, By Gareth Cook August 14, 2005

NSF Grant Awarded to SFI to Study How Life Emerged on Earth, October 18, 2005

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