Henderson (Jim) Cleaves of the Carnegie Institution of Washington will present the next talk in the NAI Director’s Seminar Series on February 10 at 11:00 AM PST.

Amino Acid Analysis of Titan Tholins and Comparison With Other Prebiotic Reaction Systems

Titan’s atmospheric chemistry produces a host of discrete organic chemical products. It is likewise well known than Miller-Urey type reactions produce a host of complex discrete organic products. We have examined various complex reaction mixtures derived from various synthetic pathways and find a remarkable correspondence. This convergence of product mixtures may provide novel avenues for considering the ways life may emerge from disparate abiotic chemistries.

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