Synthesis of long prebiotic oligomers on mineral surfaces

  title={Synthesis of long prebiotic oligomers on mineral surfaces},
  author={J. Ferris and A. Hill and R. Liu and L. Orgel},
  • J. Ferris, A. Hill, +1 author L. Orgel
  • Published 1996
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Nature
  • MOST theories of the origin of biological organization assume that polymers with lengths in the range of 30–60 monomers are needed to make a genetic system viable1. But it has not proved possible to synthesize plausibly prebiotic polymers this long by condensation in aqueous solution, because hydrolysis competes with polymerization. The potential of mineral surfaces to facilitate prebiotic polymerization was pointed out long ago2. Here we describe a system that models prebiotic polymerization… CONTINUE READING
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