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The last half century of medical research has placed chemical structures behind much of biology, including human disease, the human genome, and the origin of life. Scientists at the Foundation have contributed broadly to these activities through innovative and polydisciplinary research in fields as diverse as chemistry, informatics, biology, geology, and astronomy. We are now taking the next steps, to place biological chemistry within its larger "systems" context, from the cell to the organism, and from there to the ecosystem and the planet. Emerging from this are new tools for systems biology and personalized medicine, as well as answers to some "big" questions: Where did we come from? What is our future? Are we alone?

Latest News and Events

December 14, 2016. On December 13, NASA scientists working with the Mars exploration vehicle in Gale Crater announced the discovery of borate minerals on the Red Planet. See this segment starting at 27 minutes. This discovery completes the inventory of minerals needed for life to have originated on Mars under a theory developed at the FfAME.

December 13, 2016. Research from the Foundation has been featured on the cover of Angewandte Chemie, the foremost journal in European Chemistry. The graphic, designed by Kevin Bradley, can now be viewed on their website.

December 5, 2016. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, was interviewed this morning on National Public Radio on work at the FfAME on the search for life in the cosmos.

November 29, 2016. Research from the Foundation will be featured on the cover of Acta Crystallographica. A preview of the graphic describing a molecular structure of a component of our artificial genetic system can be found here.

November 20, 2016. Steven Benner will be speaking at 11:00 AM at the Sunday Assembly in Gainesville, 530 W. University Avenue, on the subject of the origin of life. Admission is free.

September 22, 2016. Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow at the FfAME, will present theories on Mars as a site for the origin of life at The 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention. This is being held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Live streaming at 1:00 PM is available here.

September 22, 2016. Announcing Origin of Life jewelry. Contact origins@ffame.org.

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