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New Evidence Suggests Earthlings Started Life As Martians
2013-08-29 07:02:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have long posited life on Earth may have started somewhere else in the universe, many pointing to the Red Planet. Now, new evidence is emerging that may hold some truth to that long-debated theory. Professor Steven Benner, from the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology, gave a speech today at the Goldschmidt 2013 conference in Florence, Italy describing how life on Earth may have kickstarted on Mars. Benner...

2011-01-13 17:58:10

Biologists have been unable to agree on a definition of the complex phenomenon known as "life." In a special collection of essays in Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., leaders in the fields of philosophy, science, and molecular evolution present a variety of perspectives on defining life. Tables of content and a free sample issue are available online. Why is a definition of life so important yet so elusive? As David Deamer, Guest Editor and Research Professor...

2009-03-24 15:36:08

A U.S. scientist and his colleagues have described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Researchers, led by Steven Benner of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Fla., said their artificial genetic system already is helping to usher in the era of personalized medicine. The scientists said their research might also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a self-sustaining molecule capable of Darwinian...

2009-03-23 13:56:31

In a dramatic rewrite of the recipe for life, scientists from Florida today described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Presented here at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), this artificial genetic system already is helping to usher in the era of personalized medicine for millions of patients with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. The research may also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a...

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2004-11-27 12:41:42

Billions of dollars are pumped into extraterrestrial exploration each year in the search for the ultimate prize - the discovery of life on other planets. But are we looking in all the right places? Prof Steven A Benner, who is working with NASA on the design of the next generation of Mars probes, believes that life could flourish without any need for water. In the December issue of Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, he and his colleagues at the University of Florida describe how organisms...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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