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Astrobiology asks: Where do we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going?

This course gives an overview of the excitement of astrobiology and space exploration, from the origin of our own biofriendly universe to questions of the future of mankind both on Earth and beyond.

Astrobiology and Space Exploration (Winter 2009‪)‬ Stanford

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Astrobiology asks: Where do we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going?

This course gives an overview of the excitement of astrobiology and space exploration, from the origin of our own biofriendly universe to questions of the future of mankind both on Earth and beyond.

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    12. Life Beyond Its Planet of Origin (February 17, 2009)

    12. Life Beyond Its Planet of Origin (February 17, 2009)

    Rocco L. Mancinelli, a Senior Research Scientist with the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, discusses organisms' potential for survival, adaptation and biological evolution in the atmosphere and beyond to outer space. (February 17, 2009)

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    13. The Fertile Universe (February 19, 2009)

    13. The Fertile Universe (February 19, 2009)

    Fr. George Coyne, Director Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory, speaks about the interplay in relationship between the universe and science. He fields tough questions regarding faith and Catholic doctrinal beliefs. (February 19, 2009)

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    14. ALH 84001 and Other Martian Meteorites (February 26, 2009)

    14. ALH 84001 and Other Martian Meteorites (February 26, 2009)

    Dr. David McKay, Chief Scientist for Astrobiology at the Johnson Space Center, lectures on his scientific experience with meteorites, more specifically ALH 84001. (February 26, 2009)

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    15a. Self-Assembly Processes and the Advent of Cellular Life (February 5, 2009)

    15a. Self-Assembly Processes and the Advent of Cellular Life (February 5, 2009)

    Dr. Davd Deamer, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California -Santa Cruz, speaks about the self-assembly process and the beginning of life. He draws on his own field and laboratory research in this discussion. (February 5, 2009)

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    15b. Genomic Dark Matter: The Emergence of Small RNAs (February 5, 2009)

    15b. Genomic Dark Matter: The Emergence of Small RNAs (February 5, 2009)

    Eric J. Devor, Senior Research Scientist of Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics at Integrated DNA Technologies, talks about the discovery and characteristics of microRNA. (February 5, 2009)

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    19a. Life in Space, Life on Earth (February 10, 2009)

    19a. Life in Space, Life on Earth (February 10, 2009)

    Guest lecturer Rusty Schweickart gives the first part of the tenth lecture, "Life in Space, Life on Earth," for Professor Lynn Rothschild's Astrobiology and Space Exploration course. (February 10, 2009)

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