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The last half century of medical research has placed chemical structures behind much of biology, including human disease, the human genome, and the origin of life. Scientists at the Foundation have contributed broadly to these activities through innovative and polydisciplinary research in fields as diverse as chemistry, informatics, biology, geology, and astronomy. We are now taking the next steps, to place biological chemistry within its larger "systems" context, from the cell to the organism, and from there to the ecosystem and the planet. Emerging from this are new tools for systems biology and personalized medicine, as well as answers to some "big" questions: Where did we come from? What is our future? Are we alone?

Latest News and Events

April 14, 2016. Steven Benner will present the 2016 Pasakarnis-Buchanan public lecture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio the evening of April 14, discussing work at the FfAME on paleogenetics. The event will begin at 7:00 PM in the Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater.

March 25, 2016. The Gainesville Sun, on its front page, Friday reported on the recent initiative under which the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution joined with the John Templeton Foundation to study the origins of life on Earth.

March 24, 2016. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, comments on the announcement from Clyde Hutchison and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute on their synthesis of a microorganism with a very small genome.

March 17, 2016. Steven Benner will be presenting the FfAME's work in paleogenetics at Cambridge University, England, on March 18, in the Babbage Lecture Theatre. This is a one day public symposium on "Evolution of Life", and includes distinguished faculty from the University of Oxford, Georgia Tech, MIT, and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. See more information here.

March 11, 2016. The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution joins with the John Templeton Foundation to begin a three year, $5.4 million program to understand the origins of life. See the full press release or read more on the origins of life.

December 15, 2015. In Hawaii, Elisa Biondi will describe her work with Hyo-Joong Kim to understand how life originated on Earth. The presentation will be made as part of the Asian-North American Pacific chemistry conference.

June 9, 2015. A discussion of possible life on Mars, involving Gil Levin, who designed the 1976 Mars Viking label release life detection test, a variety of Mars experts, and FfAME's Steven Benner, is now live online on Astrobiology's Fast Track.

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