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Science Week 2019: Synthesising Life

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, B01

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Abiogenesis is a hypothesis about the origin of life on earth. It assumes life arose spontaneously from non-living matter, a few billion years ago. Finding out exactly how it happened is extremely unlikely because we lack fossil records stretching that far back in time. To validate this hypothesis we need to reproduce abiogenesis in the laboratory. In other words, we need to learn how to synthesise life. This talk focuses on research directed to the development and study of protocells, which are produced in the laboratory as plausible ancestors of living cells and can be used as models to study abiogenesis. In the future, we'll be able to use this knowledge to create programmable, cell-like robots.

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