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Smith Lecture: Molecular Memories of Earth’s Antiquity

Jennifer Glass, Georgia Institute of Technology
Friday, February 12, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Meeting ID# 986 8692 2782
Every cell contains a biochemical record of four billion years of Earth-life coevolution. Our mitochondria were once free-living bacteria. Each unit of the electron transport chain that we use to breathe oxygen was borrowed from older microbial machinery. Aerobic respiration is a medley of pieces of older anaerobic respiratory pathways such as methanogenesis and denitrification. Yet we have barely begun to chart the vast landscape of myriad microbial metabolisms. In this talk, I will describe how dissecting the molecular machines of modern microbes can give us glimpses of the early Earth environments that supported life’s first breaths.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Lecture
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Earth and Environmental Sciences