Photosynthesis and the Origin of Life

@article{Hartman2004PhotosynthesisAT,
  title={Photosynthesis and the Origin of Life},
  author={Hyman Hartman},
  journal={Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere},
  year={2004},
  volume={28},
  pages={515-521}
}
  • H. Hartman
  • Published 1 October 1998
  • Biology
  • Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere
The origin and evolution of photosynthesis is considered to be the key to the origin of life. This eliminates the need for a soup as the synthesis of the bioorganics are to come from the fixation of carbon dioxide and nitrogen. No soup then no RNA world or Protein world. Cyanobacteria have been formed by the horizontal transfer of green sulfur bacterial photoreaction center genes by means of a plasmid into a purple photosynthetic bacterium. The fixation of carbon dioxide is considered to have… 
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