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Thursday, 16 April 2015

The new science of the origins of life

The new science of the origins of life

Shawn Alan posted to the Meteorite-list on April 9, 2015
http://www.mail-archive.com/meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com/msg120870.html

"Hello Listers
Enjoy: The new science of the origins of life
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-04-02/the-new-science-of-the-origins-of-life/1434890 "

A recent and quite interesting paper concerning the topic of the origin of life is:

New study hints at spontaneous appearance of primordial DNA, University of Colorado at Boulde
Science Daily, April 7, 2015
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150407095635.htm

"The self-organization properties of DNA-like molecular fragments four billion years ago may
have guided their own growth into repeating chemical chains long enough to act as a basis for
primitive life, says a new study."

Fraccia, T. P., G. P. Smith, G. Zanchetta, E. Paraboschi, Y. Yi, D. M. Walba, G. Dieci, N. A.
Clark, and T. Bellini, 2015, Abiotic ligation of  DNA oligomers templated by their liquid crystal
ordering. Nature Communications, 2015; 6: 6424  DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7424
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150310/ncomms7424/full/ncomms7424.html

Yours,

Paul H.

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