Hungarian biologist Tibor Gánti is an obscure figure. Now, more than a decade after his death, his ideas about how life began are finally coming to fruition.
An oil painting of Hungarian biologist Tibor Gánti.PAINTING BY LÁSZLÓ GULYÁS7 MINUTE READBY MICHAEL MARSHALL
PUBLISHEDDECEMBER 14, 2020
WHEN BIOLOGIST TIBORGánti died on April 15, 2009, at the age of 75, he was far from a household name. Much of his career had been spent behind the Iron Curtain that divided Europe for decades, hindering an exchange of ideas.
But if Gánti’s theories had been more widely known during the communist era, he might now be acclaimed as one of the most innovative biologists of the 20th century. That’s because he devised a model of the simplest possible living organism, which he called the chemoton, that points to an exciting explanation for how life on Earth began.
The origin of life…
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