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Origins of life : the primal self-organization

Author: Richard Egel; Dirk-Henner Lankenau; Armen Y Mulkidjanian
Publisher: Heidelberg : Springer, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examining alternative scientific models of life's origin and evolution, this book eschews creationism, yet challenges assumptions about the chemical processes that enabled life to begin, proposing  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Egel; Dirk-Henner Lankenau; Armen Y Mulkidjanian
ISBN: 9783642216244 3642216242 9783642216251 3642216250
OCLC Number: 733245537
Description: viii, 366 pages : illustrations
Contents: Energy as the Common Denominator: Energetics of the First Life.- A Hypothesis for a Unified Mechanism of Formation and Enantioenrichment of Polyols and Aldaric, Aldonic, Amino, Hydroxy and Sugar Acids in Carbonaceous Chondrites.- On the Origin of Phosphorylated Biomolecules.- Abiotic Photosynthesis: From Prebiotic Chemistry to Metabolism.- Salt-Induced Peptide Formation in Chemical Evolution: Building Blocks before RNA - Potential of Peptide Splicing Reactions.- Scenario of the Primary Pump: Emergence and Operation of an Automatic Engine to Generate Primordial Peptides and Beyond Nucleic Acids.- The Relevance of Peptides that Bind FeS Clusters, Phosphate Groups, Cations or Anions for Prebiotic Evolution.- Peptide-Dominated Vesicles: Bacterial Internal Membrane Compartments as Model Systems for Prebiotic Evolution.- Nicotinamide Coenzyme Synthesis: a Case of Ribonucleotide Emergence or a Byproduct of the RNA World?- On Alternative Biological Scenarios for the Evolutionary Transitions to DNA and Biological Protein Synthesis.- Two RNA Worlds: Toward the Origin of Replication, Genes, Recombination and Repair.- Integrative Perspectives: In Quest of a Coherent Framework for Origins of Life on Earth.
Responsibility: Richard Egel, Dirk-Henner Lankenau, Armen Y. Mulkidjanian, editors.

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