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Origin & Evolution of Life: January 2018


A key challenge in origin-of-life studies is understanding the environmental conditions on early Earth under which abiogenesis occurred.

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a fascinating new theory for how life on Earth may have begun. Their experiments, described today in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrate that key chemical reactions that support life today could have been carried out with ingredients likely present on the planet four billion years ago.