Mineral-organic interfacial processes: potential roles in the origins of life.

  title={Mineral-organic interfacial processes: potential roles in the origins of life.},
  author={Henderson James Cleaves and Andrea Michalkova Scott and Frances Hill and Jerzy Leszczynski and Nita Sahai and Robert M. Hazen},
  journal={Chemical Society reviews},
  volume={41 16},
Life is believed to have originated on Earth ∼4.4-3.5 Ga ago, via processes in which organic compounds supplied by the environment self-organized, in some geochemical environmental niches, into systems capable of replication with hereditary mutation. This process is generally supposed to have occurred in an aqueous environment and, likely, in the presence of minerals. Mineral surfaces present rich opportunities for heterogeneous catalysis and concentration which may have significantly altered… 

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