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A recent experiment in genetics opens the door to new insights about the mystery of what it is that makes organisms alive. Similar principles in quantum mechanics also pave the way for a whole new approach to explaining the origin of life.
 
 
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Doug Marman
Jul. 19, 2016 5:45 pm by Doug Marman
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Doug Marman: Technologist; Co-founder of a start-up on artificial intelligence; Chief Technology Officer of a $1.7B division of General Elec

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