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Life 2011, 1(1), 9-18; doi:10.3390/life1010009

DNA Movies and Panspermia

EA 3829, Department of Biology, University of Rouen, 76821 Mont Saint Aignan, France
Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, 02115 Boston, MA, USA
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Received: 14 September 2011 / Revised: 8 October 2011 / Accepted: 18 October 2011 / Published: 20 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Origin of Life - Feature Papers)
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There are several ways that our species might try to send a message to another species separated from us by space and/or time. Synthetic biology might be used to write an epitaph to our species, or simply “Kilroy was here”, in the genome of a bacterium via the patterns of either (1) the codons to exploit Life's non-equilibrium character or (2) the bases themselves to exploit Life's quasi-equilibrium character. We suggest here how DNA movies might be designed using such patterns. We also suggest that a search for mechanisms to create and preserve such patterns might lead to a better understanding of modern cells. Finally, we argue that the cutting-edge microbiology and synthetic biology needed for the Kilroy project would put origin-of-life studies in the vanguard of research. View Full-Text
Keywords: origins of life; translation; hyperstructure; Pioneer; cholesteric phase origins of life; translation; hyperstructure; Pioneer; cholesteric phase
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Norris, V.; Grondin, Y. DNA Movies and Panspermia. Life 2011, 1, 9-18.

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