A Global Scale Scenario for Prebiotic Chemistry: Silica-Based Self-Assembled Mineral Structures and Formamide

@inproceedings{Saladino2016AGS,
  title={A Global Scale Scenario for Prebiotic Chemistry: Silica-Based
Self-Assembled Mineral Structures and Formamide},
  author={Raffaele Saladino and Giorgia Botta and Bruno Mattia Bizzarri and Ernesto Di Mauro and Juan Manuel Garcia Ruiz},
  booktitle={Biochemistry},
  year={2016}
}
The pathway from simple abiotically made organic compounds to the molecular bricks of life, as we know it, is unknown. The most efficient geological abiotic route to organic compounds results from the aqueous dissolution of olivine, a reaction known as serpentinization (Sleep, N.H., et al. (2004) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101, 12818-12822). In addition to molecular hydrogen and a reducing environment, serpentinization reactions lead to high-pH alkaline brines that can become easily enriched in… CONTINUE READING
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