May 29, 2015. FfAME announced in April, 2015 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.
May 26, 2015. Some recent work at the FfAME done by Nicole Leal, Hyo-Joong Kim, Shuichi Hoshika, and Myong-Jung Kim was featured on the April podcast of the Synthetic Biology journal of the American Chemical Society.
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.
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.