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Dr. Steven A. Benner

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Background Information

Employment History

Earth & Sky

World Science Festival

Professor In the Departments of Chemistry and Anatomy and Cell Biology

University of Florida


Harvard Medical School

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Planet Flipside


Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution

Scientific Board Member

Graduate Fellow
National Science Foundation

Board of Trustees Member
Gordon Research Conferences incorporated

Scientific Advisory Board Member
IBC USA Conferences , Inc.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Team Titan


Branford College


Babbage Lecture Theatre

Cambridge University

BS Degree


BS Degree

Yale U.

Honoris Causa honorary doctorate

University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova

License Diploma


MS degree

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry


MS degree

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Yale U.


The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology






Harvard University



University of Florida

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In a second study, Steven Benner of the University of Florida in Gainesville and colleagues used an enzyme made by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, to do the same job.

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Steven Benner

Steven Benner is a Distinguished Fellow at the Westheimer Institute within the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, which he founded after serving on the faculty at Harvard, the ETH, and the University of Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard in 1979. His research combines the physical sciences with natural history. He has contributed to the emerging fields of synthetic biology, paleogenetics, evolutionary bioinformatics, planetary biology and astrobiology. His most recent book is: "Life, the Universe, and the Scientific Method."

Searle Scholars Program : Steven A. Benner (1984) [cached]

Steven A. Benner Searle Scholars Program : Steven A. Benner (1984)

Steven A. Benner Distinguished Fellow The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution 720 SW 2nd Avenue PO Box 13174 Gainesville, FL 32604 Voice: 352 271-7005 Email:

ICAMSR - Rebuttal to Dr. Zubrin's comments in the Planetary Report [cached]

However, since the time the NASA Antaeus Report was written, increasing evidence for life on Mars has been accumulating such as the recent discovery by Dr. Steven Benner of the University of Florida's Department of Chemistry. Benner published a paper in the PNAS journal citing the inability of the Viking GCMS to find organics on Mars in 1976. Benner says the GCMS could have missed organic matter he believes must be in the Martian soil from meteorites. He says any organic molecules derived from life processes could also have been missed.

Dr. Benner's paper in PNAS is now supporting evidence of a flawed Viking GCMS.

"I suspect that in five years ... [cached]

"I suspect that in five years or so, the artificial genetic systems that we have developed will be supporting an artificial lifeform that can reproduce, evolve, learn and respond to environmental change," says Steven Benner, a chemical biologist at the University of Florida. Benner is no stranger to the controversy that this is likely to excite. Sixteen years ago he organised a conference in Switzerland that pre-empted the new field of synthetic biology. It was to have been called "Redesigning life. "The conference title raised such a furore that it had to be changed to 'Redesigning the molecules of life,'" says Benner.

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