Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Micah, where life began?

Micah, originally uploaded by ddbsweasel.

Helen Hansma, a biochemist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented her idea for the first time today at the American Society for Cell Biology’s 47th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"Mica is like a massive sandwich with millions of layers of mineral sheets, which would be the bread," Hansma said. "The nooks and crannies between the bread may have jump-started the formation of life's chemicals and protected them. It's like a giant potluck of chemistry."

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