The Origin and Evolution of Life: A Physical Problem?
(3/23/2011) 76 minutes
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Manfred Eigen is ranked as one of the leading internationally renowned scientists studying the molecular mechanisms of biological evolution. In 1967, Eigen was awarded, along with Norrish and Porter, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. For the last forty years Eigen has focused on the self-organization of matter and the evolution of biological macromolecules. His name is linked with the theory of the chemical hypercycle, the cyclicinkage of reaction cycles as an explanation for the self organization of prebiotic systems, which he described with Schuster in 1979. More recently his interest has shifted to the technological utilization of these ideas establishing a new "evolutionary biotechnology".


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