Life was long thought to obey its own set of rules. But as simple systems show signs of lifelike behavior, scientists are arguing about whether this apparent complexity is all a consequence of thermodynamics.
Life might have originated in droplets that behave surprisingly like living cells.
Researchers have discovered that simple “chemically active” droplets grow to the size of cells and spontaneously divide, suggesting they might have evolved into the first living cells.
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An RNA molecule that can make copies of a variety of RNAs adds new support to the RNA-world theory.
When life first emerged roughly 4 billion years ago, DNA may have been a much more malleable molecule.
David Kaplan explains how the law of increasing entropy could drive random bits of matter into the stable, orderly structures of life.
Figuring out how these molecules form in the deep recesses of interstellar space might illuminate the origins of one of life’s distinguishing features.
The biologist David Deamer proposes that life evolved from a collection of interacting molecules, probably in a pool in the shadow of a volcano.