This week, The New York Times' Dennis Overbye examines the work of researchers who are "trying to construct Life As We Don't Know It in a thimbleful of liquid," particularly that of Gerald Joyce at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. In this Times video, Overbye discusses Joyce's RNA-focused approach:

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