Monday, February 13, 2006


Darwin's warm pond theory tested

Life on Earth was unlikely to have emerged from volcanic springs or hydrothermal vents, according to a leading US researcher.

Experiments carried out in volcanic pools suggest they do not provide the right conditions to spawn life.

The findings will be discussed on Tuesday at an international two-day meeting to explore the latest thinking on the origin of life on Earth.

It takes place at the Royal Society, the UK's academy of science, in London.

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