Designing self-replicating cells one gene at a time and solving the mystery of the origins of life

Meet JCVI-syn3A, the world’s first self-reproducing synthetic organism.  This tiny little microbe was designed by trial and error in a lab and is capable of both maintaining its own internal structure and creating copies of itself, just like a real cell.  The implications for medicine and our understanding of ourselves are, needless to say, enormous.… Continue reading Designing self-replicating cells one gene at a time and solving the mystery of the origins of life

Chemotons: The search for the origin of life takes a surprising twist

Today’s scientists rediscover the 50 year old work of a Hungarian biologist, Tibor Gánti, who labored behind the Iron Curtain, but developed theories that could upend our entire understanding of the origin of life The earliest known life forms on Earth are cyanobacteria, fossilized around 3.77 billion years ago in the Archaean rocks of Western… Continue reading Chemotons: The search for the origin of life takes a surprising twist