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18:30 - 19:30 10 May 2011

Life in the universe: Chance or necessity?


JZ Young Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Dr Nick Lane, UCL Genetics Evolution and the Environment

The 'meaning of it all' ultimately hinges on whether we arose by chance, or whether there is some cosmic imperative behind our existence. Forty years ago, geneticist Jacques Monod arrived at the bleak conclusion that we are alone, a freak accident in an empty universe. Since Monod, we have transformed our understanding of molecular biology and evolution, as well as our knowledge of the cosmos and the conditions under which life appeared. As a fitting start to 'Life Begins' season, Dr Lane will reappraise Monod's stark perspective on life's origins. He shall argue that the origin of life was easy, thermodynamically nearly inevitable, but the birth of complex life was another matter altogether.

Following the talk join us for a free glass of wine in a private view of the new Museum. Part of the Life Begins Season at the Grant Museum.


Jack Ashby
+44 (0)20 3108 2052 | zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk


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Life in the universe