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RNA World meets Snowball Earth
Author(s): Charles V. Rice
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Paper Abstract

Origin of life theories have produced numerous schools of thought, two of which are termed RNA World and Snowball Earth. Complex organic molecules can be produced by RNA catalysis. This chemistry would be hindered by ice formation that would sequester moecules in the frozen water matrix. We present experimental data showing that RNA retains antifreeze properties that would enable the exchange of reactants/products of the catalytic reactions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7819, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII, 781912 (7 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861183
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Charles V. Rice, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7819:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Paul C. W. Davies, Editor(s)

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