Potentially prebiotic syntheses of condensed phosphates

  title={Potentially prebiotic syntheses of condensed phosphates},
  author={Anthony D. Keefe and Stanley L. Miller},
  journal={Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere},
In view of the importance of a prebiotic source of high energy phosphates, we have investigated a number of potentially prebiotic processes to produce condensed phosphates from orthophosphate and cyclic trimetaphosphate from tripolyphosphate. The reagents investigated include polymerizing nitriles, acid anhydrides, lactones, hexamethylene tetramine and carbon suboxide. A number of these processes give substantial yields of pyrophosphate from orthophosphate and trimetaphosphate from… CONTINUE READING
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