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The Origins of Life & the Universe:
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Photo:  image of pink, blue and white dots against a background of dark brown and  bright yellow.
Stellar babies. Infant stars glow in the Serpens Constellation's star-forming region, as seen through the Spitzer Space telescope. Approximately 8484 light-years away. Photo: NASA Web site.


Astrobiology & Origins of Life

Chela Flores, Julian. The new science of astrobiology: from genesis of the living cell to evolution of intelligent behaviour in the universe. Dordrecht, Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001. 251 p. (Cellular origin and life in extreme habitats, v. 3)
   QH327.C54 2001

Fenchel, Tom. Origin and early evolution of life. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002. 171 p.
   QH325.F42 2002

Hazen, Robert M. Genesis: the scientific quest for life’s origin. Washington, Joseph Henry Press, c2005. 339 p.
   QH325.H39 2005

Luisi, P. L. The emergence of life: from chemical origins to synthetic biology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, c2006. 315 p.
   QH325.L85 2006

Lurquin, Paul F. The origins of life and the universe. New York, Columbia University Press, c2003. 217 p.
   QH325.L87 2003

The Origin of life debate: molecules, cells and generation. Edited and introduced by James E. Strick. Bristol, Eng., Thoemmes Continuum, 2004. 6 v.
   QH325.O6912 2004 <SciRR>

Origins: genesis, evolution, and diversity of life. Edited by Joseph Seckbach. Dordrecht, Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2004. 707 p. (Cellular origins, life in extreme habitats and astrobiology, v. 6)
   QH325.O6917 2004

Plaxco, Kevin W., and Michael Gross. Astrobiology: a brief introduction. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 259 p.
   QH325.P57 2006 <SciRR>

Zubay, Geoffrey L. Origins of life on the earth and in the cosmos. 2nd ed. San Diego, Academic Press, c2000. 564 p.
   QH325.Z83 2000 <SciRR>

Gene Silencing & RNA Interference (RNAi)

Gene silencing: new research. Grace W. Redberry, editor. New York, Nova Science Publishers, c2006. 201 p.
   QH450.G4634 2006

The Inside story: DNA to RNA to protein. Edited by Jan A. Witkowski. Woodbury, N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, c2005. 382 p.
   QP511.I57 2005 <SciRR>
   "Readings from Trends in biochemical sciences".

The RNA world: the nature of modern RNA suggests a prebiotic RNA world. Edited by Raymond F. Gesteland, Thomas R. Cech, and John F. Atkins. 3rd ed. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, c2006. 768 p. (Cold Spring Harbor monograph series, 43)
   QP623.R6 2006 <SciRR>

RNAi: a guide to gene silencing. Edited by Gregory J. Hannon. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, c2003. 436 p.
   QH450.R628 2003 <SciRR>

Note: To locate additional titles on these and related topics, search the LC Catalog under the following Subject Headings: Big bang theory, Human genome, Life--Origin, RNA.



Astronomy & Astrophysics Tracer Bullet

Fox, Douglas. “Primordial Soup's On: Scientists Repeat Evolution's Most Famous Experiment -- Their results could change the way we imagine life arose on early Earth.”
   Scientific March 28, 2007.

NASA: Origins
   NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Deep Impact mission are putting together a recipe for comet "soup" - the primordial stuff of planets, comets and other bodies in our solar system.

Selected Internet Resources in Astronomy

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