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Transition Metal Catalysts Could be Key To Origin of Life

September 5th, 2010 09:27 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “One of the big, unsolved problems in explaining how life arose on Earth is a chicken-and-egg paradox: How could the basic biochemicals – such as amino acids and nucleotides – have arisen before the biological catalysts (proteins or ribozymes) existed to carry out their formation? In a paper appearing in the current issue of The Biological Bulletin, scientists propose that a third type of catalyst could have jumpstarted metabolism and life itself, deep in hydrothermal ocean vents.”

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