Advances in origin of life research

Session ID#: 25705

Session Description:
The origin of life on earth is one of sciences great unanswered questions. This session will address the conditions and pathways under which organic molecules begin to exhibit autocatalysis and the processes by which the information behind these chemical reactions can be stored. Novel insights from laboratory experiments, geological observations, and thermodynamic considerations are helping better understand how life originated on earth and may originate in the universe. Example areas of interest include: 1) Fossil evidence for the origin of life on earth, 2) Laboratory research, 3) Catalytic substrates, 4) Thermodynamics of ancient environments and chemical reactions, 5) The origin of a genetic code, and 6) Analysis of prebiotic chemical pathways.
Primary Convener:  Kevin Webster, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
Convener:  Patrick Griffin, Indiana University Bloomington, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Bloomington, IN, United States

  • EP - Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
  • OS - Ocean Sciences
  • P - Planetary Sciences
Index Terms:

0406 Astrobiology and extraterrestrial materials [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
0456 Life in extreme environments [BIOGEOSCIENCES]
1009 Geochemical modeling [GEOCHEMISTRY]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Kazuki Kubo and Kazuaki Okamoto, Saitama University, Saitama, Japan
Joshua Goldford, Boston University, Bioinformatics, Boston, MA, United States, Hyman Hartman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology, Cambridge, MA, United States, Temple F Smith, Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, Boston, MA, United States and Daniel Segre, Boston University, Biology; Bioinformatics; Physics; Biomedical Engineering, Boston, MA, United States
David S Holmes, Andres Bello National University, Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas, Santiago, Chile; FundaciĆ³n Ciencia & Vida, Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology, Santiago, Chile
Bettina Scheu1, Donald B Dingwell1, Corrado Cimarelli1, Jeffrey Bada2, John H. Chalmers3 and Aaron S. Burton4, (1)LMU, Munich, Germany, (2)Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy, University of California at San Diego, Geosciences Research Division, La Jolla, CA, United States, (3)Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States, (4)NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States
Ninos Hermis1, Laura M Barge1, Keith B Chin1, Gabriel LeBlanc2 and Ryan Cameron1, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, United States
Sukrit Ranjan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, Zoe R Todd, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, United States, John Sutherland, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom and Dimitar D. Sasselov, Harvard University, Astronomy, Cambridge, MA, United States

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