Nordic Network of Astrobiology
Sweden Denmark Finland Norway Iceland Estonia Lithuania USA

Supported by:

Nordforsk

Nordic Network of Astrobiology

Towards a Nordic Research and Training Area in Astrobiology

Participating institutions:

Astrobiology at Karolinska Institutet

Team Coordinator

Research

Our scientific interests in the area of Astrobiology include:

  1. Testing the "isotopic resonance" hypothesis suggesting that isotopic compositions of the elements C, H, N and O affected the rate of abiotic synthesis of first amino acids and peptides, as well as their continue to affect the growth rates of terrestrial organisms. To test this hypothesis, we have built Miller's apparatus to measure the yield of abiotic amino acid production as a function of the isotopic composition of the starting material. We are also measuring the growth rate of E. Coli bacteria in isotopically different media.

  2. Testing the hypothesis of "self-assembly" of first bacteria by attempting to restore a living prokaryotic organism from a "dead" mixture of ingredients obtained by lysis of prokaryotic cells.

Karolinska Institutet