Pre-life building blocks spontaneously align in evolutionary experiment

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  • Nicholas Hud Nicholas Hud

When Earth was a lifeless planet about 4 billion years ago, chemical components came together in tiny molecular chains that would later evolve into proteins, which are crucial life building blocks. A new study has shown how some early predecessors of proteins may have fallen into line. Under laboratory conditions mimicking those on pre-life Earth, a small selection of amino acids linked up spontaneously into neat segments in a way that surprised Nicholas Hud at the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleagues.

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College of Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Origin Of Life, center for chemical evolution, Nicholas Hud
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  • Created On: Aug 12, 2019 - 10:50am
  • Last Updated: Aug 12, 2019 - 11:02am