8.15.2005

Logically Blonde: Harvard Throws Millions at Magic



Harvard Jumps into Evolution Debate

from The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard University is joining the long-running
debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.

The team of researchers will receive $1 million in funding annually from Harvard over the next few years. The project begins with an admission that some mysteries about life's origins cannot be explained.

"My expectation is that we will be able to reduce this to a very simple series of logical events that could have taken place with no divine intervention," said David R. Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard.

The "Origins of Life in the Universe Initiative" is still in its early stages, scientists told the Boston Sunday Globe. Harvard has told the research team to make plans for adding faculty members and a collection of multimillion-dollar facilities.

Evolution is a fundamental scientific theory that species evolved over millions of years. It has been standard in most public school science texts for decades but recently re-emerged in the spotlight as communities and some
states debated whether school children should also be taught about creationism or intelligent design.

Harvard has not been seen as a leader in origins of life research, but the university's vast resources could change that perception.

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