Venus, the second closest planet to the sun and the planet which comes the closest to Earth (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

On the Detection of Phosphine and the Possibility of Life on Venus

The surprising detection of signs of life high in the atmosphere of Venus reignited interest in Earth’s hellish sister. On 14 September, a team of researchers led by Jane Greaves announced that they had detected phosphine, a gas flagged by astrobiologists as a potential marker for life, 55 km above the surface of Venus.

The Ingredients for Life

Before we even consider the existence of life, we need to determine if it is even possible for it to even survive on Venus. In general, for planets to be a potential host for life as we know it, it must have 3 vital ingredients.


Imagine yourself as a string of “A”s, “C”s, “G”s and “T”s. Now imagine pasting that in a Google Doc and being able to go anywhere in the code of your body to edit anything you want. You could cure genetic diseases, fix any deformities, do anything, yes, anything you want to your body, all by editing your genetic code. This may soon become a reality.

Prime editing is a new gene-editing technique capable of making a wide variety of edits, including insertions, deletions and DNA letter substitutions.

Biology 101:

In case you’ve forgotten all about your high school bio classes…

Nicholas Wu

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