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Martin Hanczyc: the line between life and not-life

Dr. Hanczyc is a researcher at the University of Southern Denmark. His research interests lie in the realm of: what is the origin of life? And: what did the first living thing look like?

In this TED talk, he reveals some of his research. It’s important to note that while these experiments look like he generated living organisms, all of his experiments capitalize on already-existing bio mechanical and biochemical properties of the molecules he is using. However, as his results show, these can give us much insight into the kinds of mechanisms that the very first living things may have used to become living.