January 24, 2014. FfAME scientists announced in December the joining of
its artificial genetic system with Darwinian evolution. Stuart Dambrot
reviews this work for the public at phys.org.
January 17, 2014. Science magazine has just reviewed recent work at the Foundation on the need for dry land as a venue for the origin of life.
November 17, 2013. Steven Benner and Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") will be presenting
comments at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM about Monday's launch of the MAVEN
mission to Mars. The event will take place at the Kennedy Space Center
on Sunday, November 17, and is open to the public.
October 21, 2013. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, is a panelist on the
Forum of the National Academy of Sciences covering synthetic biology.
Its first US meeting is open to the public at the Academy's Keck Center,
500 Fifth St. NW, Washington DC, October 21.
September 6, 2013. On Science Friday today, Steven Benner at the FfAME and Christopher
McKay discuss with Ira Flatow the possibility that early Mars was a more
hospitable place for life to originate than early Earth. Live at 2:20
Eastern Daylight Time. Check National Public Radio for local listings.
August 29, 2013. Researchers from the FfAME give a talk today in Italy discussing
evidence relating to the hypothesis that life in the Solar System
originated first on Mars, and later came to Earth. In Florence, the talk
at the Goldschmidt conference is attracting together many Earth and
planetary scientists, as it discusses the interaction between minerals
and organic molecules leading up to the first genetic molecules.
April 27, 2013. Research at the FfAME covering artificial genetic systems was described
this week by Adam Rutherford in The Guardian of London. They note the "startling progress towards reinventing the language of life", and that for DNA, the "original four-letter alphabet is now up to at least six, with the addition of Z and P by scientists including Steve Benner at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida."