Chemical Approaches to Astrobiology (#326)

Astrobiology is a novel emerging science that includes the areas of origin, evolution, distribution, and the future of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial life in the universe. This interdisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to environments on Earth and in outer space. Chemical approaches are especially promising since living organisms are chemical systems, and because the evolution and distribution of chemical substances, especially organic compounds, in the universe are key factors for Astrobiology. In this symposium, among of the wide range of fields, we focused onto the origin of functional biomolecules eg. RNA and protein. In addition, source compounds of functional biomolecules are also important. Therefore, prebiotic organic compounds in the universe and on the primitive Earth are also discussed. Topics of the other wide range of astrobiology fields are also welcomed.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015