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Friday, December 06, 2013

abiogenesis

\ey-bahy-oh-JEN-uh-sis, ab-ee-oh-\ , noun;
1.
Biology. the theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.
Quotes:
“Aristotle would have loved that.” Nancy was standing behind him. "Why Aristotle?” she asked. “He believed in abiogenesis, the idea that living creatures can arise from nonliving matter.”
-- Tom Clancy, Games of State, 1996
Oberth, who accurately predicted rocket development on earth, suspects that the prerequisites for abiogenesis exist on other planets in the solar system.
-- Erich von Daniken, translated by Michael Heron, Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past, 1968
Origin:
Coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870, abiogenesis comes from the Latin words meaning "birth" and "origin."
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