Montmorillonite-catalysed formation of RNA oligomers: the possible role of catalysis in the origins of life

  title={Montmorillonite-catalysed formation of RNA oligomers: the possible role of catalysis in the origins of life},
  author={J. Ferris},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={1777 - 1786}
  • J. Ferris
  • Published 2006
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Large deposits of montmorillonite are present on the Earth today and it is believed to have been present at the time of the origin of life and has recently been detected on Mars. It is formed by aqueous weathering of volcanic ash. It catalyses the formation of oligomers of RNA that contain monomer units from 2 to 30–50. Oligomers of this length are formed because this catalyst controls the structure of the oligomers formed and does not generate all possible isomers. Evidence of sequence-, regio… CONTINUE READING
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