One of the Grandest Challenges in Science today is the creation of life from completely man-made components. A consortium of 60 chemists from 22 different European, led by University of Groningen chemist prof. Sijbren Otto, countries has teamed up to face this challenge in what is probably the largest concerted effort world-wide.
Researchers from many different backgrounds are going to collaborate to make a synthetic system that captures the various aspects of life, such as its ability to reproduce, its compartmentalized nature (all life forms we know are surrounded by some form of membrane) its far-from-equilibrium character (all life forms we know need energy to maintain themselves).
The consortium is funded through COST (Action CM1304), which is the oldest scheme for promoting joined research projects in Europe. The Action is headed by Prof. Sijbren Otto from the Stratingh Institute and the Centre for Systems Chemistry of the University of Groningen. More information can be found on the COST website.
You can also view an English language version of the video shown with this item.
Last week, Ben Feringa and Anouk Lubbe presented the first copy of their book Alledaagse Moleculen (Everyday Molecules) to minister Robbert Dijkgraaf. The richly illustrated book offers an accessible overview of 180 substances in our daily lives....
Dr Annette Scheepstra of the UG Arctic Centre, part of the Faculty of Arts, is about to conduct research into tourism in Antarctica and how tourists can become Antarctic ambassadors. She has been granted €1 million in funding by the Dutch Research...
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.
The UG website uses functional and anonymous analytics cookies. Please answer the question of whether or not you want to accept other cookies (such as tracking cookies).
If no choice is made, only basic cookies will be stored. More information