Prof. Dr. Hannes Mutschler

Bottom-up approaches in origins of life research and synthetic biology

Max Planck Institue for Biochemistry Martiensried and Biomimetic Chemistry TU Dortmund

The bottom-up generation of chemical systems with life-like properties is a key objective of synthetic biology and origin of life research. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Mutschler will present his research, which focuses on the assembly of self-replicating systems from existing biological parts. Furthermore, he will discuss the potential role of nucleic acid catalysts, such as ribozymes, as key players in an early biology that preceded modern life on Earth.