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Published on Jan 8, 2011
Protocell Circus: Spontaneous Generation a.k.a. A "Natural History" of Protocells
Produced by Dr Rachel Armstrong and Michael Simon Toon - Dr Armstrong (senior TED fellow and UCL teaching fellow) created the protocells and footage in the laboratory at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Post production, editing, sound and narrative by Toon.
Protocells could be the beginning of life on Earth, maybe even the birth of consciousness itself. They are cells with no DNA. These simple protocells are the result of a reaction between a few basic chemicals, (oil, salt and water) yet they exhibit complex life-like behaviors which seem to validate Aristotle's theory of "Spontaneous Generation" otherwise known as "abiogenesis" which was superseded by "germ theory" which was popularized by Louis Pasteur. "Germ theory" however never addressed how inanimate matter, first came to be life-like in nature.