Publication of the week: Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

Wickramasinghe, N.C. & J.T. Trevors, “Non-terrestrial origin of life: a transformative research paradigm shift”, Theory in Biosciences 132 (2013).  DOI: 10.1007/s12064-012-0172-1

Theories and hypotheses in science are continually subject to verification, critical re-evaluation, revision and indeed evolution, in response to new observations and discoveries. Theories of the origin of life have been more constrained than other scientific theories and hypotheses in this regard, through the force of social and cultural pressures. There has been a tendency to adhere too rigidly to a class of theory that demands a purely terrestrial origin of life. For nearly five decades evidence in favour of a non-terrestrial origin of life and panspermia has accumulated which has not been properly assessed. A point has now been reached that demands the serious attention of biologists to a possibly transformative paradigm shift of the question of the origin of life, with profound implications across many disciplines.

Theory in Biosciences focuses on new concepts in theoretical biology, analytical and modeling approaches, and the biophilosophy and history of ideas. The abstract and a preview of the article are available via the SpringerLink website.

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology (BCAB).