Life on Earth May Have Begun In Between Rocks

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A biophysicist discusses her hypothesis that in the early days of the Earth, organic compounds needed for life may have been synthesized in the tiny spaces between sheets of mica rock. Previous theories have stated that life first formed in a primordial "soup" of chemicals in an ancient ocean.


Helen Hasma, program officer, National Science Foundation; research biophysicist, University of California, Santa Barbara



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