Congratulations to Santi Mestre-Fos!

Santi, other COOL team members including Petar Penev, Chieri Ito, Roger Wartell, co-investigateor Anton S. Petrov and principal investigator Loren Dean Williams published exciting new findings in the Journal of Molecular Biology on March 8, 2019. The new results show that human ribosomes have evolved polymorphic expansion segments capable of forming G-quadruplexes. Their surface localization

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Congratulations to Dr. Moran Frenkel-Pinter!

The Cool center congratulates Dr. Moran Frenkel-Pinter for her recognition as a new NASA Postdoctoral  Scholar at the College of Science of Georgia Tech! The NASA Astrobiology Program element of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and

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Congratulations to Jennifer Glass!

The Cool Team congratulates Jennifer Glass with the promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in the School of Earch and Atmostpheric Sciences in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech! We wish Jennifer a lot of new discoveries in the field of Astrobiology and a productive career!!!


Kate Adamala's talk

Prof. Kate Adamala will give an invited talk on the origin of protocells on April 29th, as a part of the public lecture series  (H.F. DeLuca forum ) at the  Wisconsin Institute for Discovery celebrating women in Origins of Life, Artificial Life, and Astrobiology Research!

Congratulations to Rebecca Guth-Metzler!

Rebecca has co-authored a paper "Template-directed RNA polymerization and enhanced ribozyme catalysis inside membraneless compartments formed by coacervates", which has been published in Nature Communications. Early biocompartments must have enabled the concentration of biologically-relevant molecules while remaining permeable to

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Loren attends Nucleic Acids Conference

Loren will be presenting work from the COOL team at 6th Nucleic Acids Conference from 13 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas. Understanding processes involving DNA and RNA at the molecular and chemical level is the central theme of this conference, with a structural and mechanistic

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AbSciCon 2019 to be held June 24-28 in Seattle, WA

COOL team members are helping to convene the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference from June 24-28, 2019 in Seattle (Bellevue), WA. Abstract submissions are due Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET, so don’t delay! General information about AbSciCon 2019 can be found at the conference website. Getting ready to submit

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Congratulations to Dr. Anton Petrov!

Dr. Anton S. Petrov and international teem of collaborators (including Alexey Amunts, Stockholm University, Sweden, and Alan Brown, Harvard Medical School) published a paper in the journal of Molecular Biology and Evolution on December 4, 2018. The manuscript describes the molecular basis for the

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Congratulations Nate!

Nathaniel Gaut (Engelhart lab) won 2nd place in UMN 3 minute thesis award competition!

Stripping the Linchpins

Press Release: In today’s ribosome, and in the whole translational system, the linchpins are magnesium ions, and Bray’s experiment replaced them all with iron ions and manganese ions, which were overabundant on primordial Earth. Williams and Jennifer Glass, the principal

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