Self-assembly processes in the prebiotic environment.

  title={Self-assembly processes in the prebiotic environment.},
  author={David Deamer and Sara Singaram and Sudha Rajamani and Vladimir N Kompanichenko and Stephen Guggenheim},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={361 1474},
An important question guiding research on the origin of life concerns the environmental conditions where molecular systems with the properties of life first appeared on the early Earth. An appropriate site would require liquid water, a source of organic compounds, a source of energy to drive polymerization reactions and a process by which the compounds were sufficiently concentrated to undergo physical and chemical interactions. One such site is a geothermal setting, in which organic compounds… CONTINUE READING