The Origin and Early Evolution of Life: Prebiotic Chemistry of Biomolecules

Edited by
October 2019
288 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03921-606-2 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03921-607-9 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue The Origin and Early Evolution of Life: Prebiotic Chemistry of Biomolecules that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences
Medicine & Pharmacology
Public Health & Healthcare

Studying the origin of life is one of man’s greatest achievements over the last sixty years. The fields of interest encompassed by this quest are multiple and interdisciplinary: chemistry, physics, biology, biochemistry, mathematics, geology but also statistics, atmospheric science, meteorology, oceanography, and astrophysics. Recent scientific discoveries, such as water on Mars and the existence of super-Earths with atmospheres similar to primordial Earth, have pushed researchers to simulate prebiotic conditions in explaining the abiotic formation of molecules essential to life. This collection of articles offers an overview of recent discoveries in the field of prebiotic chemistry of biomolecules, their formation and selection, and the evolution of complex chemical systems.

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origin of life; systems chemistry; Chemomimesis; Molecular Darwinism; origin of life; prebiotic chemistry; thiol-rich peptides; cysteine; aminonitriles; imidazoles; origin of life; prebiotic chemistry; nucleotide and nucleoside synthesis; protein design; novel metalloproteins; binary patterned amino acid sequences; prebiotic chemistry; population growth; replication; growth order; Darwinian evolution; selection; origin of life; abiogenesis; carbon fixation; hydrothermal vents; electrochemistry; reduction; digit multiplicity; information; transmission; encoding; translation; diversity; function; origin of life; layered double hydroxide (LDH) clay; pentose diphosphate; pentopyranose nucleic acid; arabinopyranose nucleic acid; RNA; base pairing; purine precursor; inosine; AICAR; peptide/RNA world; prebiotic information system; translation and the genetic code; bridge peptide and aaRS; ribozyme and tRNA; tRNA and mRNA; coevolution of translation machine and the genetic code; MVC architecture pattern and biological information; numerical codons; AnyLogic software for computer simulation of translation machine; phosphoryl transfer; metabolism; energy currency; mixed anhydride; origin of life; hypercycle; Monte Carlo; prebiotic chemistry; carbamic acid; carbon dioxide-ammonia ices; infrared spectra; anharmonicity; origin of life; metabolism; phosphates; network expansion simulation; thermodynamic bottleneck; molecular clocks; ab initio molecular dynamics; catalysis; prebiotic soup; origins of life; aldol reaction; mechanochemistry; minerals; monosaccharides; prebiotic chemistry; prebiotic polymerization; nucleotide oligomerization; abasic oligomers; nucleotide stability; stability as a selection pressure; dry-wet cycles; genetic code origin; tRNA accretion model; tRNA-synthetase; metabolism; thioester; nucleotidyltransferases; early peptides; ribosome; n/a