The Science of Astrobiology Takes Shape

Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 603-605
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.603

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA-- About 600 researchers from 30 countries came to NASA's Ames Research Center on 3 to 5 April, eager to help mold a new field. At the First Astrobiology Science Conference every talk, it seemed, touched on a new discipline. Topics ranged from prebiotic chemicals to icy life, but the conference was a story unto itself.