Biosignatures & Paleobiology

Mineral Surfaces and Life

By Keith Cowing
November 30, 2006

Robert Hazen, from NAI’s Carnegie Institution of Washington Team, published his 2005 Presidential Address to the Mineralogical Society of America in this month’s American Mineralogist.

The address reviews the role of mineral surfaces on the self-assembly of lipids, the polymerization of amino acids and nucleic acids, and the selective adsorption of organic species, including chiral molecules, onto mineral surfaces. [Source: NAI Newsletter]

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