Small Molecule Interactions were Central to the Origin of Life

@article{Shapiro2006SmallMI,
  title={Small Molecule Interactions were Central to the Origin of Life},
  author={Robert E. Shapiro},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={81},
  pages={105 - 126}
}
  • R. Shapiro
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Many scientists believe life began with the spontaneous formation of a replicator. This idea has been supported by “prebiotic” syntheses carried out by chemists using modern apparatus and purified reagents. The probability that such reactions would take place spontaneously on the early Earth is minute. These points are illustrated here by considering the often cited oligomerization of activated RNA components by clay minerals. A more likely alternative for the origin of life is one in which a… Expand
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