The Center for Chemical Evolution is a collaboration of researchers from a dozen institutions that have joined together to study the chemistry associated with the emergence of life. Research projects within the Center have a particular focus on understanding how a complex mixture of molecules present on the early earth could have assembled into functional biological building blocks like DNA and proteins.
Our scientists are attacking this perplexing question from three different angles:
- identification of molecules that may have been present on the early earth, to
- exploration of reactions and conditions that create biological building blocks of long-chain bio-molecules (biopolymers), and
- self-assembly and self-organization of biopolymers
Aside from the scientific papers published by the members of our Center, we have collected a handful of resources to help you learn more about the chemical origins of life. Explore! Enjoy! Learn!
Research about chemical evolution and origins of life chemistry is everywhere! We've compiled a collection of books, articles, and popular press coverage of Center for Chemical Evolution...
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Largely driven by our work with artists, we have a handful of videos available to give you an understanding of the science that we do in our Center. Enjoy our artistic explorations of...