Only one history of life has been recorded on our planet, but can we resurrect essential components of our planet’s biological past?
Is life a result of a fluke accident? What is the likelihood of life occurring elsewhere in the Universe? In this talk I will describe how my group uses molecular tools to unravel the conditions of our ancient planet and to explore life’s possible existence elsewhere in the Universe. I will also discuss how the contributions of Lynn Margulis, a visionary biologist, impacted our understanding of the origins of complex life and astrobiology.
Presenter: Betul Kacar, Nasa Early Career Fellow, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology and Astronomy, University of Arizona
Historic Researcher: Lynn Margulis