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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

November 29, 2016. Research from the Foundation will be featured on the cover of Acta Crystallographica. A preview of the graphic describing a molecular structure of a component of our artificial genetic system can be found here.

November 29, 2016. Research from the Foundation has been featured on the cover of Angewandte Chemie, the foremost journal in European Chemistry. A graphic, designed by Kevin Bradley, can be previewed by clicking here.

November 20, 2016. Steven Benner will be speaking at 11:00 AM at the Sunday Assembly in Gainesville, 530 W. University Avenue, on the subject of the origin of life. Admission is free.

September 22, 2016. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, will present theories on Mars as a site for the origin of life at The 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention. This is being held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Live streaming at 1:00 PM is available here.

September 22, 2016. Announcing Origin of Life jewelry. Contact origins@ffame.org.

September 15, 2016. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, joined with astrobiologists, historians of science, and science journalists, in a public forum at the Library of Congress to discussed the origin of life. Video will be available from www.loc.gov in about two weeks.

June 3, 2016. At a ceremony today, Steven Benner will be awarded an Honoris Causa honorary doctorate by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova. His degree cites his work studying the origin of life.

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