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Suzan Mazur
Suzan Mazur is the author of The Origin of Life Circus: A How To Make Life Extravaganza and of The Altenberg 16: An Expose' of the Evolution Industry.

Her reports have appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, Archaeology, Astrobiology, Connoisseur, Omni, and others, as well as on PBS, CBC and MBC. She has been a guest on Charlie Rose, McLaughlin and various Fox Television News programs. Email:

Entries by Suzan Mazur

Remembering Origin of Life Trailblazer Harry Lonsdale

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:14 PM

"I've had four careers in the last 80 years. Starting my own company was the biggest thrill. But this is the second biggest thrill of my life. It really is." -- Harry Lonsdale in conversation with me about his Origin of Life Challenge

Philanthropist Harry Lonsdale, who died...

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'Oomph' and Origin of Life at Hydrothermal Vents

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:05 PM

The notion that life originated in hydrothermal vents was, for a long time, a sleepy area of scientific inquiry because the vents first found, known as "black smokers," were way too hot and acidic. But in 1989, Michael Russell, a British geochemist who now heads the...

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Dimitar Sasselov: Generation II -- Let There Be Light

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:03 PM

We told Harvard from the start [in 2006] that there is no such thing as an origins field. There is astrobiology, and there are individuals working on origins-of-life experiments, and what we want to do is not really fundable any other way. We told the provost committee, "We need you...
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Jack Szostak on 'Life in the Lab' (And Autocatalytic Sets)

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:42 PM

There is a certain hush when the name "Jack Szostak" is mentioned in science circles. Yes, he's a Nobel laureate, but the moment of silence seems to be more for a man who is trusted. He's also a handsome man, with fine Polish features. (His paternal grandfather was...

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Matt Powner: How to Make a Protocell

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:55 PM

Protocell pioneer Matthew Powner has the fresh-faced good looks of an athlete you'd expect to show up at World Cup 2014, and a voice somewhat reminiscent of the "British Invasion." (He's from the north of England.) But the relaxed focus he projects signals something profoundly more...

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Nigel Goldenfeld: We Need a Theory of Life

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:06 PM

I was intrigued when Carl Woese told me his collaboration with University of Illinois physicist Nigel Goldenfeld was the most productive one of his entire career, and was pleased to finally run into Goldenfeld last September at lunch in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Institute....

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A Second Nobel for Jack Szostak?

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 7:36 PM

"You heard it here first," announced astrophysicist Mario Livio as Harvard biologist and Nobel laureate Jack Szostak told a World Science Festival "Search for Life" gathering on Saturday in New York that he expected to make "life in the lab" in three to five years -- and more likely within...

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Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble

(661) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 12:51 AM

In a search for the more colorful side of physiologist and systems biologist Denis Noble, I was drawn to his Oxford Trobadors page of Occitan music (medieval songs of love and chivalry from the south of France, Italy and Catalonia), featuring videos of the group mixing...

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Jaron Lanier Interview: Maximum Openness = Maximum Closedness

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Hopefully -- and it's hard for man to make that jump -- hopefully at the end [of Insect Gods] you don't care about the fate of the few. You don't care about the fate of man. You see that civilization has advanced in another way. That it's the roaches that...
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The Smolin Factor? -- 'Particle Fever' Premiere and Party

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 6:37 PM

It was Ash Wednesday and the sidewalks were still in deep freeze outside The Standard, High Line Hotel in New York's Meat Packing District for Executive Producer Gerry Ohrstrom's Particle Fever party, following the premiere at Film Forum. There were no celeb watchers, red carpets or...

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Where Is the Dorak Treasure Monograph?

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:03 PM

Arlette Mellaart -- the beloved wife of the late British archaeologist James Mellaart, who gave us the fabulous story of the Dorak treasure -- has died. So what happens now to Jimmie Mellaart's archives, particularly the Dorak monograph?

According to Dorak Affair authors Patricia Connor and the late...

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Steve Benner: Origins Soufflé, Texas-Style

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Why exactly is the January 2014 Origins of Life / Gordon Research Conference in Galveston so locked down? There is an elaborate registration process, a fee of over $1,000 to attend, and approval by Chairman Steve Benner required. Plus, conference goers are asked not to reveal...

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The Robotics Frontline

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 4:32 PM

"In essence, if workers have begun to smash the physical machinery of domination, so responsible intellectuals must begin to deliberately smash the mental machinery of domination. They must strive to overcome -- in themselves as well as others -- the collective fear of being human and free, a fear now...

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Origin of Life Souffle Rises

(12) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 4:00 PM

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." -- Neils Bohr

Covering a recent Origin of Life meeting at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) on the outskirts of Geneva,...

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Autocatalytic Sets Stars at Princeton

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 12:00 PM

There were two standouts at the recent Princeton Origins of Life conference, Princeton University chemist Nilesh Vaidya and "world wide wandering" computer scientist Wim Hordijk. Vaidya and Hordijk each presented talks on autocatalytic sets. A lively round of questions followed, since as Vaidya pointed out in...

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Evolution Scientist Carl Woese Dies: 'The Most Important Evolution Scientist of the 20th Century'

(27) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Our task now is to resynthesize biology; put the organism back into its environment; connect it again to its evolutionary past; and let us feel that complex flow that is organism, evolution, and environment united. The time has come for biology to enter the nonlinear world.

-- Carl Woese, "A...

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The Origin of Life Soufflé

(28) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 5:13 PM

"Prof. von Kiedrowski achieves phenomenal success with a new self-replication system"
Drawing: Andrew N. Shipway

With the Large Hadron Collider safety issue now settled in the German court, the way is clear for a strategic meeting in February...

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