Massive thermal acceleration of the emergence of primordial chemistry, the incidence of spontaneous mutation, and the evolution of enzymes.


Kelvin considered it unlikely that sufficient time had elapsed on the earth for life to have reached its present level of complexity. In the warm surroundings in which life first appeared, however, elevated temperatures would have reduced the kinetic barriers to reaction. Recent experiments disclose the profound extent to which very slow reactions are… (More)
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.R114.567081


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