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2001 Annual Science Report

Scripps Research Institute Reporting  |  JUL 2000 – JUN 2001

Executive Summary

Executive Summary – SCR (dm)

What constitutes life, requirements for the origins of life and evolution, and how living systems may be identified elsewhere in the universe are some of the most fundamental questions in astrobiology. Under the auspices of the Scripps Research Institute, a “vitual institute” has been assembled to explore multidisciplinary experimental approaches to self-replicating molecular species and Darwinian chemistry, the most important hallmarks of life. By comparing and contrasting the results of diverse but complementary set of experiments, we seek to garner a better understanding of life and its origins. In the past year our team has made significant progress in several areas of research.

Benner’s group at the University of Florida has confirmed that hydrogen bonding is central to base pairing in DNA, laying to rest a five-year discussion suggesting that specific base pairing might be had between two DNA strands ... Continue reading.

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