On dating stages in prebiotic chemical evolution

  title={On dating stages in prebiotic chemical evolution},
  author={R. Bywater},
  • R. Bywater
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • The notion that RNA must have had a unique and decisive role in the development of life needs hardly be questioned. However, the chemical complexity and other properties of RNA, such as high solubility in water and vulnerability to degradation, make it improbable that RNA could have had an early presence in the development of life on Earth or on any comparable telluric planet. Rather, the task of origin of life research must surely be to identify those chemical processes which could have taken… CONTINUE READING
    8 Citations

    Tables from this paper

    227 Views of RNA: Is RNA Unique in Its Chemical Isomer Space?
    • 9
    • PDF
    Introduction to virus origins and their role in biological evolution
    Introduction to Virus Origins and Their Role in Biological Evolution
    • 3
    Life in the light: nucleic acid photoproperties as a legacy of chemical evolution.
    • 51
    Enceladus: First Observed Primordial Soup Could Arbitrate Origin-of-Life Debate
    • 11
    • PDF
    Why twenty amino acid residue types suffice(d) to support all living systems
    • 1
    • PDF


    Chemical evolution toward the origin of life
    • 31
    • PDF
    The possible roles of water in the prebiotic chemical evolution of DNA.
    • Shuxun Cui
    • Chemistry, Medicine
    • Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP
    • 2010
    • 11
    Darwin’s warm little pond revisited: from molecules to the origin of life
    • 45
    • Highly Influential
    Planetary organic chemistry and the origins of biomolecules.
    • 57
    • PDF
    Prebiotic chemistry: a new modus operandi
    • 72
    Organic compound synthesis on the primitive earth.
    • 536
    • Highly Influential
    The first peptides: the evolutionary transition between prebiotic amino acids and early proteins.
    • 59
    • PDF
    Life before RNA.
    • 13
    Synthesis of carbohydrates in mineral-guided prebiotic cycles.
    • 144
    On the origin of biochemistry at an alkaline hydrothermal vent
    • W. Martin, M. J. Russell
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    • 2006
    • 473
    • Highly Influential
    • PDF