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The Origins & Evolution Podcast features hosts Dimitar Sasselov & Frank Laukien discussing the multiple potential origins of life, in conjunction with Harvard's Origins of Life Initiative, of which Dimitar is the director and cofounder. Please send all questions and emails to:
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This episode is all about space travel and the importance of treating cancer and preventing DNA damage emanating from various sources of cosmic radiation. As our species seeks to visit and colonize planets within our solar system like Mars, and potentially habitable planets light-years away, we will have to figure out how to use water shielding and other technologically advanced techniques to better protect the stands of our DNA.
This is the second part of our Cancer and Evolution Symposium discussion. Our fifth episode covers some of the current and future therapeutic strategies that are being used in the fight against cancer. Also, we discuss electroceuticals, or drugs that polarize ion channels, and their potential role in treating rogue cancer cells.
This episode of Origins & Evolution summarizes the recent Cancer and Evolution Symposium.  The rapid evolutionary adaptability of cancer and its impact on detection, treatment, remission and reemergence is discussed in great detail. 
The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox


Dimitar and Frank discuss the Fermi Paradox, who was Enrico Fermi and the likelihood of alien microbial life evolving into more advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. 
Dimitar and Frank discuss the habitable Goldilocks Zone, methane and the martian summer, along with the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover launch! 
Dimitar Sasselov & Frank Laukien introduce a multitude of theories related to the potential origin or origins of life, while discussing the current state of evolution research. 
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