May 19, 2015. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. John M. Templeton Jr., president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation. His contributions to discovery and inquiry, including some at the FfAME, will be missed.
April 22, 2015. FfAME announced today that the John Templeton Foundation has awarded the FfAME $5.4 million to support research to explore the origins of life on Earth. In addition to supporting work in Alachua County, the FfAME will direct an open competition from scientists worldwide to propose innovative solutions to this long standing question. Click here to read more.
March 21, 2015. Steven Benner will join speakers who are working to expand the genetic
alphabet to present FfAME's recent work. The presentation is on the morning of Monday, March 23rd, at the American Chemical Society meeting in Denver.
March 19, 2015. Steven Benner will join experts in astrobiology and religion in a Blumberg discussion at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, covering the topic:
"Astrobiology and the Religious Imagination: Reexamining Notions of Creation, Humanity, Selfhood, and the Cosmos"
The discussion is open to the public, and will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, in room LJ-119, on the first floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
January 18, 2015. On January 24, the Florida Museum of Natural History will be hosting
Sue, the famous Tyrannosaurus rex visiting Gainesville from the Field
Museum in Chicago. FfAME will be there, showcasing its "Jurassic Park"
research. This includes work resurrecting proteins from our primate
ancestors that first allowed us to imbibe alcohol, the ancient yeast
that first created alcohol on Earth, and from ancient ruminants
responding to climate change. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
January 12, 2015. Expertise of the staff at the FfAME concerning the origin of life was called upon last month to comment on new results, emerging from the Czech Republic, on how meteorite impact might have led to the formation of small amounts of the building blocks essential for RNA, believed to be the first genetic molecule. See the article on the Science website.
December 18, 2014. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has just
announced the election of Steven A. Benner as one of its 2014 Fellows.
Steven Benner is President and Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation
for Applied Molecular Evolution (FfAME), a nonprofit research
organization in Gainesville. In support of its awarding this prestigious
honor by America's oldest scientific society, the AAAS cited Dr.
Benner's pioneering work in many fields, including paleogenetics,
synthetic biology, evolutionary bioinformatics, human medicine, and
space exploration. Dr. Benner joins six other Fellows elected this year
from the Gainesville scientific community, including Cammy Abernathy,
Robert Cousins, Andrew Hanson, Ann Progulske-Fox, and Wolfgang M.
Sigmund, all at the University of Florida, and Bruce McFadden, also at
the Florida Museum of Natural History.