February 4, 2013

Do 'Living Crystals' Reveal the Origin of Life?

Brandon Keim, Wired


AP Photo

Three billion years after inanimate chemistry first became animate life, a newly synthesized laboratory compound is behaving in uncannily lifelike ways.

The particles aren’t truly alive — but they’re not far off, either. Exposed to light and fed by chemicals, they form crystals that move, break apart and form again.

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TAGGED: Origins, Self-organizing, Life, Crystals

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