Darwin's theory of biological evolution helps us understand how simple life forms can give rise to complex lifeforms, but how did the first reproducing creatures come about? The origin of life needs its own explanation. Scientists don't currently have a complete explanation for life's origins, but different labs around the globe are looking into the idea that life may have emerged from chemistry.
In this animation you will learn why they are studying this idea, and you'll get to see a few of the fascinating things they have discovered.
Overview of current research:
- A wonderful Lecture by David Deamer about our current understanding of the origin of life. This hour long lecture is presented in clear language for all to follow
- News article on the self assembly of gene-like columns
- Video series on the self assembly of primitive cell membranes
- Scientific journal exploring molecules with self-assembly properties. (You need a subscription to the journal to get past the abstract)
- Video explores the lives of early organisms found in the fossil record. This video explores the evolution of early organisms but does not go over the origin of the first living things.
- Journal article explores a primitive metabolic pathway which could have easily formed through chemical evolution on the ancient earth (you need a subscription to the journal to get past the abstract)