Prebiotic Chemistry

Abstract

Life may be the outcome of a process of prebiotic evolution that involved the self‐organization of abiotically synthesized organic molecules.

Keywords: origin of life; heterotrophic hypothesis; primitive soup; primitive Earth; pyrite‐based autotrophy

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Further Reading

Brack A (ed.) (1998) The Molecular Origins of Life: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Geesteland RF, Cech T and Atkins JF (1999) The RNA World II. Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Holm NG (ed.) (1992) Marine Hydrothermal Systems and the Origin of Life. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic.

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Lazcano, Antonio(Apr 2001) Prebiotic Chemistry. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000553]