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The origins of life in the Universe

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GO Jones Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

327 Mile End Road

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The origin of life on Earth has fascinated humankind across the ages and people have many times turned their gaze towards the stars in the hope of answering one “simple” question: are we alone in this immense Universe? Today astronomers try to answer that question, making use of telescopes and instruments across the globe and in space to help them. The recent discoveries of planets similar to Earth in orbit around other stars bring a renewed perspective to the study of the origin of life on Earth. And the existence around the very youngest stars of molecules that are key to the chemistry of life poses a further intriguing question: is life the natural result of the formation of stars and planets? In this talk, Dr David Quénard will describe recent results that provide important clues about the origin of life on our own planet and about how widespread it might be in space.


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