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Naked Science: Finding the Origin of Life

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Volcano rocks smoldering at the Hawaii Volcanoes Park. Dr. David Deamer of University of California, Santa Cruz comes to active volcanic vents in Hawaii. He experiments on with lava rocks and DNA to show how life might have formed at the very beginning of Earth’s history.
How did life on Earth begin? And why here? Some believe it arrived on an extraterrestrial meteorite. Others claim it began in a warm pond on early Earth. Or could volcanoes and lightning have sparked early life? Now, research teams are racing to understand how life may have begun - by creating it themselves. Watch as a scientist mixes up a batch of primordial soup and then zaps it with a bolt of electricity, a la Dr. Frankenstein. The results: amino acids, the building blocks of all life.

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