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What Is Life?

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A series of live conversations between writer Carl Zimmer and eight leading thinkers on the question of what it means to be alive. What Is Life? was recorded in front of a live audience at Caveat in New York and is supported by a grant from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative.


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Episode 8. Kate Adamala: Can We Make Life?
Kate Adamala is a chemist at the University of Minnesota. In her Protobiology Lab, she is trying to build a synthetic cell from scratch.  Protobiology Lab  Adamala’s TEDx talk, “Life But Not Alive”
Episode 7. Donato Giovannelli: Warm Ponds Or Hellish Vents–Where Did Life Begin?
Donato Giovannelli is an assistant professor at the University of Naples “Federico II.” He travels to acid lakes and other extreme environments that are the closest thing today to what Earth was like when life began. Giovannelli’s web siteGiovannelli on Twitter
Episode 6. Steven Benner: How Weird Can Life Get?
All the life we know is the same: carbon-based, with DNA for genes. (Okay, except for RNA viruses.) But Steven Benner says it doesn’t have to be that way. Benner is a Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution. Benner at FFAME
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Jan 25th, 2019
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Jan 28th, 2019
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