Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology

Prebiotic Chemistry and Chemical Evolution of Nucleic Acids

Editors: Menor-Salvan, Cesar (Ed.)

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  • Deals with the firsts steps of the chemical evolution of nucleic acids 
  • Addresses state-of-the-art questions about the organization of nucleic acids
  • Also includes a historical review of the field 
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The origin of life is one of the biggest unsolved scientific questions. This book deals with the formation and first steps of the chemical evolution of nucleic acids, including the chemical roots behind the origin of their components from the simplest sources in a geochemical context. Chemical evolution encompasses the chemical processes and interactions conducive to self-assembly and supramolecular organization, leading to an increase of complexity and the emergence of life. 

The book starts with a personal account of the pioneering work of Stanley Miller and Jeffrey Bada on the Chemistry of Origins of Life and how the development of organic chemistry beginning in the 19th century led to the emergence of the field of prebiotic chemistry, situated at the frontier between organic, geo- and biochemistry. It then continues reviewing in tutorial manner current central topics regarding the organization of nucleic acids: the origin of nucleobases and nucleosides, their phosphorylation and polymerization and ultimately, their self-assembly and supramolecular organization at the inception of life.


About the authors

Dr. Menor-Salvan is astrobiologist and Professor of Biochemistry at Universidad de Alcala (Spain), and scientist affiliated to the Center for Chemical Evolution (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). His main research interest is the Prebiotic Chemistry and Chemical Evolution of biopolymers and Origins of Life. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Nucleobases on the Primitive Earth: Their Sources and Stabilities

    Cleaves, H. James, II

    Pages 1-19

  • Condensation and Decomposition of Nucleotides in Simulated Hydrothermal Fields

    Lorig-Roach, Ryan (et al.)

    Pages 21-30

  • Mineral-Organic Interactions in Prebiotic Synthesis

    Benner, Steven A. (et al.)

    Pages 31-83

  • From the Dawn of Organic Chemistry to Astrobiology: Urea as a Foundational Component in the Origin of Nucleobases and Nucleotides

    Menor-Salván, César

    Pages 85-142

  • Searching for Possible Ancestors of RNA: The Self-Assembly Hypothesis for the Origin of Proto-RNA

    Cafferty, Brian J. (et al.)

    Pages 143-174

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93584-3
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Hardcover $179.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93583-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prebiotic Chemistry and Chemical Evolution of Nucleic Acids
Editors
  • Cesar Menor-Salvan
Series Title
Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology
Series Volume
35
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93584-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93584-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93583-6
Series ISSN
0933-1891
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 291
Number of Illustrations
55 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour
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