Prebiotic Chemical Pathways to RNA and the Importance of Its Compartmentation

Authored by: Peter Strazewski

Handbook of Astrobiology

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138065123
eBook ISBN: 9781315159966
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In this chapter, the latest developments in the field of spontaneous RNA synthesis under plausibly prebiotic reaction conditions are reviewed and perspectives are given for where these results might lead in the greater context of astrobiology. But first, it introduces the reader to the general aspects of the research of origins, the copying and encoding of digital information, and the compartmentation of memory carriers.

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