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“Life makes our planet an incredibly exotic place compared to the rest of the known universe,” says astrobiologist Betül Kaçar, whose research uses statistics and mathematical models to simulate ancient environments and gather insights into the origins of existence. In this fascinating talk, she explores how a deeper understanding of chemistry could lead to the “secret sauce” for sparking life on other planets — and asks us to ponder an important question: If we could kick-start life in the universe, should we?

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“Life makes our planet an incredibly exotic place compared to the rest of the known universe,” says astrobiologist Betül Kaçar, whose research uses statistics and mathematical models to simulate ancient environments and gather insights into the origins of existence. In this fascinating talk, she explores how a deeper understanding of chemistry could lead to the “secret sauce” for sparking life on other planets — and asks us to ponder an important question: If we could kick-start life in the universe, should we?

This talk was presented at an official TED conference. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.

Betül Kaçar studies the foundations of life on Earth to understand the potential for life in space.

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