The initiative, called the Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments Consortium, will explore the chemical processes that occurred on early Earth and the advent of the first biological molecules, leading to the emergence of environments harboring the potential for life.
“With this visionary program, NASA is focusing on the age-old and vitally important question of the origins of life, and I am honored to be the co-leader of this research network,” said Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, an associate professor of chemistry. “Scientists have long theorized about how life began on this planet, and what conditions are required for it to exist on other planets, and we now have the opportunity to make great progress on answering this question.”
The astrobiology initiative seeks to understand the emergence and early evolution of life and inform the search for life in and beyond our solar system.
Other co-leaders of the consortium are from Georgia Tech, UC Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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