The secret ingredient to early life’s primordial soup: Thickener

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  • An illustration of the viscous “primordial soup" that could have fostered the first self-replicating strands of DNA, heated and cooled as the Earth moved between day and night 4 billion year sago. (Christine He/Georgia Tech) An illustration of the viscous “primordial soup" that could have fostered the first self-replicating strands of DNA, heated and cooled as the Earth moved between day and night 4 billion year sago. (Christine He/Georgia Tech)
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The term "primordial soup" was coined nearly 100 years ago to describe the mysterious chemical broth that was home to Earth's very first self-replicating organisms. Ever since, scientists have been trying to cook that soup up in a lab, searching for the exact combination of compounds that gave rise to life as we know it some 4 billion years ago.

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Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Sciences, Christine He, Nicholas Hud, Nature Chemistry
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  • Created On: Oct 13, 2016 - 12:40pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016 - 12:40pm