Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Steven Benner (FfAME) - Synthesizing Darwinism from the Bottom Up

Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Steven Benner (FfAME) - Synthesizing Darwinism from the Bottom Up

  • Datum: 07.10.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Ort: MPI for Medical Research
  • Raum: Seminar Room A/B
  • Gastgeber: MPI for Medical Research
  • Kontakt: pr@mpimf-heidelberg.mpg.de
Rudolf Mößbauer Colloquium with Steven Benner (FfAME) - Synthesizing Darwinism from the Bottom Up
Title: Synthesizing Darwinism from the Bottom Up Abstract: By pursuing a “grand challenge” goal, synthesis forces scientists across uncharted terrain where they encounter unscripted problems that they must solve using available theory. When the theory is inadequate, the synthesis fails, in a way that cannot be ignored. Thus, grand challenge synthesis drives discovery and paradigm change in ways that observation, analysis, and hypothesis-directed work cannot. This talk will describe our efforts to re-create Darwinism, the archetypal behavior that distinguishes the living state from the nonliving state. It will focus on discoveries and understanding that emerged as we attempted to re-create this central property of living systems on a molecular platform different from what prebiotic chemistry and natural evolution over 4 billion years have produced on Earth.
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