Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology

Genesis - In The Beginning

Precursors of Life, Chemical Models and Early Biological Evolution

Editors: Seckbach, Joseph (Ed.)

  • Genesis and evolution of Life with chemical, geological and biological data in one volume
  • The book covers several aspects of Life on Earth and on Solar system and beyond
  • The authors are competent and experts in their fields and present updated data from their research
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Genesis – In The Beginning deals with the origin and diversity of Life and early biological evolution and discusses the question of where (hot or cold sources) and when the beginning of Life took place. Among the sections are chapters dealing with prebiotic chemical processes and considering self-replication of polymers in mineral habitats. One chapter is dedicated to the photobiological regime on early Earth and the emergence of Life. This volume covers the role of symmetry, information and order (homochrial biomolecules) in the beginning of Life. The models of protocells and the genetic code with gene transfer are important topics in this volume. Three chapters discuss the Panspermia hypothesis (to answer “Are we from outer Space?”). Other chapters cover the Astrobiological aspects of Life in the Universe in extraterrestrial Planets of the Solar System and deal with cometary hydrosphere (and its connection to Earth). We conclude with the history and frontiers of Astrobiogy.

Table of contents (46 chapters)

  • The Prebiotic Chemistry of Alternative Nucleic Acids

    Cleaves, H. James (et al.)

    Pages 3-33

  • Cooptive Evolution of Prebiotic Chemical Networks

    Fernando, Chrisantha (et al.)

    Pages 35-53

  • Origin and Evolution of Self-Replicating Polymers on Mineral Habitats

    Gallori, Enzo (et al.)

    Pages 55-66

  • Mathematical Models of Prebiotic Replication of Informational Molecules

    Harris, Kelley (et al.)

    Pages 67-88

  • Life Without Carbon

    Hengeveld, Rob

    Pages 89-106

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eBook $219.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2941-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $279.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2940-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genesis - In The Beginning
Book Subtitle
Precursors of Life, Chemical Models and Early Biological Evolution
Editors
  • Joseph Seckbach
Series Title
Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2941-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2941-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2940-7
Series ISSN
1566-0400
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIX, 934
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