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Chemists at Scripps Research have made a discovery that supports a surprising new view of how life originated on our planet.

Charles Darwin's landmark opus, On the Origin of the Species, ends with a beautiful summary of his theory of evolution,

Protocell compartments used as models for an important step in the early evolution of life on Earth can be made from short polymers.

Two teams of scientists have resolved a longstanding controversy surrounding the origins of complex life on Earth.

When and how did the first animals appear? Science has long sought an answer.

Membraneless compartments--models for a potential step in the early evolution of cells--have been shown to persist or form, disappear, and reform in predictable ways through multiple cycles of dehydration and rehydration.

Organic molecules formed the basis for the evolution of life. But how could inorganic precursors have given rise to them?

Bacteria are a dominant form of life that inhabit every environment on Earth. This includes human bodies, where they outnumber our cells and genes and regulate our existence for good or bad.

Most effort in origins of life research is focused on understanding the prebiotic formation of biological building blocks.

Most electrical activity in vertebrates and invertebrates occurs at extremely low frequencies, and the origin -- and medical potential -- of these frequencies have eluded scientists.