Explaining life

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Mars 2010

Among the many great mysteries which science attempted to tackle in the 20th century, the ability to explain the origin of life has thrilled generations of researchers from all fields. When he invented „synthetic biology‟, Stéphane Leduc (1853-1939), a professor at the Medical School of Nantes in 1933, really believed that he had found the answer. A century after his discovery, with the kind help and skills of our photographer, we have recreated his breakthrough experiments and tried to shed new light on all the magnificent forms and colours which his theory allowed him to create.