, Volume 39, Issue 3-4, pp 179-392,
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SPECIAL ISSUE: ABSTRACTS FROM THE 2008 ISSOL MEETING

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE

This issue of Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres contains the abstracts of the scientific contributions presented at the 2008 ISSOL Meeting, which was held in Florence (Italy) on 24–29 August, 2008.

The Symposium’s main objectives were to bring together scientists working in different areas of the study of the origin and early evolution of life, to stimulate discussion on this fundamental process and to have an appraisal of the most recent advances in this multidisciplinary field that combines research from space sciences and astrophysics, to chemistry, geology, paleontology, genomics, molecular biology, history and philosophy of science, among others.

The meeting was attended by about 350 scientists from all over the world, and more than 310 presentations were given, including 260 posters.

This volume collects almost all the contributions, which are an up-to-date account of the state of the knowledge on this exciting area of scientific and educat