7 minutes
Published March 2014

Can Science Explain the Origin of Life?


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.

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Overview of current research:

Self assembly

RNA synthesis

Early fossils

Metabolic pathways

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