Sir Paul Nurse has just completed his five-year term as president of the Royal Society. The Nobel laureate and molecular biologist has been succeeded by Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan, who is a structural biologist.
I first met Jack Szostak at the Simons Foundation this spring, and then again at the World Science Festival, where he announced he'd have "life in the lab" in three to five years. Our conversation follows.
CARL SAGAN: Life is just a kind of chemistry of sufficient complexity to permit reproduction and evolution. I wonder if we'll
HuffPost Senior Science Correspondent Cara Santa Maria poses the deceptively simple question, “What is life?”