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Life’s Engines - How Microbes made Earth Habitable - Professor Paul Falkowski

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Published on Jun 17, 2015

Life’s Engines - How Microbes made Earth Habitable
Professor Paul Falkowski - Rutgers University

There are two fundamental questions in science that almost all of us ask as children: “Where did we come from?” and “Are we alone?”. In this talk, I will explore the first question by looking “under the hood” of microbial life on Earth today, and how the core nanomachines that drive all life on this planet arose to create a global electronic circuit. Life’s engines are ancient and very highly conserved, from the simplest microbe to the most recently evolved animals and plants. I will explain that microbes are the true stewards of life on Earth, and we tinker with these organisms at our peril. Finally, I will examine the second question in the context of how we might find compelling evidence of life on planets far from our solar system.

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