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Ames Tackles the Riddle of Life

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Science  20 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5358, pp. 1840-1841
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5358.1840

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA-- Researchers are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Astrobiology Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center here next month. NASA is betting that a series of startling discoveries in recent years, such as the possible fossil microbes found in a martian meteorite and evidence of an ocean beneath the ice on the jovian moon Europa, will provide a rich payoff both for Ames and for humanity's understanding of its place in the cosmos. The center's ambitious agenda includes creating a new field of science.