Astrobiology and the Origin of Life

Submitted by jenn94 on April 6, 2017 - 2:38pm

Scientists have little idea how, where or when life began, but the study of biogenesis is a major part of the subject of astrobiology. The Center supports both experimental and theoretical research programs. A popular assumption is that life emerges readily under earthlike conditions, and is therefore widespread in the universe. To test this assumption, we are investigating the possibility that life may have started many times on Earth.