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Holy See Hosts Study on Astrobiology
VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Both scientists and believers posit that life is a "special outcome" in a "vast and mostly inhospitable universe," and to study this common understanding, the Vatican brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to work on and study astrobiology.
The conclusions of the five-day work-study were presented today by a Jesuit priest and leading professors from Italy, France and the United States.
"Astrobiology is the study of life's relationship to the rest of the cosmos," one of the professors explained. "Its major themes include the origin of life and its precursor materials, the evolution of life on earth, and its future prospects on and off the earth." (Continue reading this article at ZENIT)