Mechanism of Synthesis of Adenine from Hydrogen Cyanide under Possible Primitive Earth Conditions

@article{Or1961MechanismOS,
  title={Mechanism of Synthesis of Adenine from Hydrogen Cyanide under Possible Primitive Earth Conditions},
  author={Joan Or{\'o}},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1961},
  volume={191},
  pages={1193-1194}
}
  • J. Oró
  • Published 1961
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature
IT has recently been shown that adenine and the purine precursors 4-aminoimidazole-5-carboxamidine and formamidine are formed spontaneously from hydrogen cyanide in water–ammonia systems under conditions assumed to have existed on the primitive Earth1. 
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