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Origin of Life (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Note: This conference is currently known as "Origins of Life (GRS)".


January 9-10, 2010


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Michael P. Callahan & Nicole R. Posth

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Origin Of Life is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The origin of life community encompasses disciplines such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, ecology, geology, and planetary science. Within the origin of life context, new research from the fields of astrochemistry and planetary science, the RNA world, geobiology, genomics and early life will be presented and discussed.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Origin of Life" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Gordon Research Conferences
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Carnegie Institute of Washington
International Society for Study of Origin of Life

Meeting Program

2:00 pmCheck-In Begins
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Lecture
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmAntonio Lazcano (Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM)
"Prebiotic evolution, self-organization and the origin of life: the happy liaison?"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Discussion
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPrebiotic Chemistry and the Environments of Early Life
Discussion Leader: Sara Walker (Dartmouth College)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMaria Colin-Garcia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
"The role of minerals as concentration agents: The case of HCN"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmShohei Ohara (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
"Surface-catalyzed peptide formation on pyrite"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJeff Bowman (University of Washington)
"Implications of a hydrated gel in the sea surface microlayer for prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmEoghan Reeves (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Methanethiol: A geochemical link between carbon and sulfur in seafloor hydrothermal systems?"
9:30 pm Poster Session I (continued)
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThe RNA World and the Transition to Life
Discussion Leader: William Brazelton (University of Washington)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJulien Derr (Harvard University)
"Emergence of complexity in the RNA world"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAaron Burton (Portland State University)
"Enhancing the prebiotic relevance of a set of covalently self-assembling, autorecombining RNAs through in vitro selection"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMegan Cole (Georgia Institute of Technology)
"Transition from the RNA world to the ribonucleoprotein world: Selection of an amino acid alphabet"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:20 amAaron Goldman (University of Washington)
"The rapid development of early protein translation"
11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amSarah Maurer (University of California Santa Cruz/University of Southern Denmark)
"Membrane and metabolism co-dependence in a minimal protocell"
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmSelection of GRS attendee to give a talk at the GRC Origin of Life
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pmPoster Session II
3:30 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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