Origins of Life II: Lipids, Membranes, and Protocells
Jack Szostak: The origin of life on Earth
(iBiology) A three-part video lecture by Dr. Jack Szostak exploring ancient earth's environment and the development of life, protocells, and chemical nucleic acid replication.
Center for Chemical Evolution - Research
Explores three themes related to the chemical evolution of life: (1) model prebiotic reactions, (2) prebiotic molecules, and (3) synthesis of proto-biopolymers.
News & Events
(MIT Technology Review) Dr. David Deamer discusses his research into the origin of life and synthetic biology.
Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum
(Science) Reports on a paper that theorizes a scenario where all the building blocks for life could be gathered in one setting.
Self-sustained replication of an RNA enzyme
Lincoln, Tracey A., and Gerald F. Joyce. (2009). Self-sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme. Science, 323(5918), 1229–1232. http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1167856
Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.
Uses molecular illustrations and animations to help describe origins of life research and theories.
From John Kyrk, learn about a cell membrane and how it works.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States
National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education