ERC Starting Grant 2018

Congratulations to Cornelia Meinert, awarded 2018 ERC Starting Grant with the A-LIFE project.

The ERC A-LIFE project will build a unified theory for the origin of all chiral biological building blocks and their assembly into homochiral supramolecular entities (proteins, nucleic acids, and bilayer lipids) in a synergistic way by combining for the first time advanced analyses of astrophysical-relevant samples, asymmetric photochemistry, and chiral amplification. Understanding plausible pathways for the origin of homochiral life will directly contribute to our understanding of the indispensable properties of life on Earth and will inform our search for life on other worlds through the use of molecular chirality as a key biosignature in space exploration.

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