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02/08/2023 - 02/08/2023 | Göttingen

Upending Assumptions About Life on Earth

MPI-DS Prandtl Colloquium:
Prof. Dr. Sol M. Gruner
Cornell University, Physics Dept., Ithaca, USA &
Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS), Hamburg, Germany

Discoveries of prevalent microbiota in deep rock have upended assumptions about life on Earth. This Deep Life lives on residual chemical and radioactive energy sources and is a significant fraction of Earth’s biomass. This raises profound questions about how and where life evolved, how Deep Live differs from surface life, the minimum requirements to sustain cells, the maximum temperatures and pressures under which organisms can remain viable, and effects of deep environmental conditions on the properties of biomacromolecules. The lecture serves as a historical overview for nonexperts as to why it is important to study the effects of high pressure on biomacromolecules.

Information on participating / attending:


02/08/2023 14:15 - 02/08/2023 15:15

Event venue:

Prandtl Lecture Hall
Max Planck Insitute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Am Fassberg 17

and Zoom meeting, details see attachment
37077 Göttingen

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, all interested persons

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transregional, national

Subject areas:

Biology, Physics / astronomy

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture




Dr. Guido Schriever


Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

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attachment icon MPI-DS Prandtl Colloquium: Prof. Sol Gruner, Feb. 08, 2023, 2:15pm


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