Big questions

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This page is a list of some of the big unsolved questions in biology. Add or comment as you please.

  • How did life start?
    • Why and how did the current chemistry emerge?
  • What is the nature of consciousness?
  • Why do we sleep?
  • Why do we have sex?
    • More generally, why 2 sexes and not 1, 3, 4, etc.
  • Why do we age?
  • How can we predict protein folding?
    • How about the reverse folding problem (designing a protein with a given fold)?
  • What do the bases in the human genome mean?