Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization

Editors: Egel, Richard, Lankenau, Dirk, Mulkidjanian, Armen Y. (Eds.)

  • Numerous alternative scientific models for the origin and evolution of life are discussed in detail
  • Cross-disciplinary approach opens new avenues of thinking
  • The book distances itself from any intelligent design/creationist approach
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If theoretical physicists can seriously entertain canonical “standard models” even for the big-bang generation of the entire universe, why cannot life scientists reach a consensus on how life has emerged and settled on this planet?  Scientists are hindered by conceptual gaps between bottom-up inferences (from early Earth geological conditions) and top-down extrapolations (from modern life forms to common ancestral states). This book challenges several widely held assumptions and argues for alternative approaches instead. Primal syntheses (literally or figuratively speaking) are called for in at least five major areas. (1) The first RNA-like molecules may have been selected by solar light as being exceptionally photostable. (2) Photosynthetically active minerals and reduced phosphorus compounds could have efficiently coupled the persistent natural energy flows to the primordial metabolism. (3) Stochastic, uncoded peptides may have kick-started an ever-tightening co-evolution of proteins and nucleic acids.  (4) The living fossils from the primeval RNA World thrive within modern cells.  (5) From the inherently complex protocellular associations preceding the consolidation of integral genomes, eukaryotic cell organization may have evolved more naturally than simple prokaryote-like life forms. – If this book can motivate dedicated researchers to further explore the alternative mechanisms presented, it will have served its purpose well.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Energetics of the First Life

    Mulkidjanian, Armen Y.

    Pages 3-33

  • A Hypothesis for a Unified Mechanism of Formation and Enantioenrichment of Polyols and Aldaric, Aldonic, Amino, Hydroxy and Sugar Acids in Carbonaceous Chondrites

    Cleaves, H. James

    Pages 37-55

  • On the Origin of Phosphorylated Biomolecules

    Pasek, Matthew A. (et al.)

    Pages 57-84

  • Abiotic Photosynthesis: From Prebiotic Chemistry to Metabolism

    Guzman, Marcelo I.

    Pages 85-105

  • Salt-Induced Peptide Formation in Chemical Evolution: Building Blocks Before RNA – Potential of Peptide Splicing Reactions

    Fitz, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 109-127

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization
Editors
  • Richard Egel
  • Dirk Lankenau
  • Armen Y. Mulkidjanian
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21625-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21625-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21624-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44376-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 366
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