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Week of April 1, 2013

Don't miss: Speakers discuss 
the origin of life 
at symposium

In the symposium “The Origin of Life,” five prominent speakers will address topics ranging from artificial life to RNA fitness landscapes to molecular cooperation at the origins of life.

The symposium is from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday in Room 340 West Hall. It is sponsored by the U-M branch of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, based in the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. It is free, open to the public and registration is not required. There will be coffee and snacks at 8:30 a.m.

The five speakers are chosen to represent current thinking and research drawing on sciences ranging from physics to chemistry to biology to complex systems.

“We hope for an event that is at a professional level, is nonetheless accessible to a general audience, and is a forum for lively discussion,” says James W. Allen, professor emeritus of physics, LSA, one of the event organizers.

For information on a symposium poster session, email Susan Carpenter at For more information on the symposium, go to


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