Chasing the holy grail: the emergence of life as a collective property from chemicals in a lab
Our knowledge and understanding of the origin of the universe and its evolution, including the birth and death of stars and planets, have increased tremendously over the decades. Our understanding of the evolution of living organisms has similarly increased exponentially with pioneering technological advances supporting observation, measurement and analysis. What is still missing is the link between the two; the transition from non-living matter of the early universe to living matter and life as we know it, a process called abiogenesis. The EU-funded AbioEvo project is planning to shed light on this enigma, testing its RNA-based hypothesis and demonstrating the emergence of evolution by natural selection in a purely chemical system.
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