Organic Aerosols and the Origin of Life: An Hypothesis

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Donaldson, D.J., Tervahattu, H. and Tuck, A.F. 2004. Organic Aerosols and the Origin of Life: An Hypothesis. Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 34: 57–67.

Title: Organic Aerosols and the Origin of Life: An Hypothesis
Author: Donaldson, D.J.; Tervahattu, H.; Tuck, A.F.
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Date: 2004
Language: en
Number of pages: 92973 bytes
ISSN: 1573-0875
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1975/240
Abstract: Recent experimental work has verified the prediction that marine aerosols could have an exterior film of amphiphiles; palmitic, stearic and oleic acids were predominant. Thermodynamic analysis has revealed that such aerosols are energetically capable of asymmetric division. In a prebiotic terrestrial environment, one of the products of such aerosol fission would have been bacterially sized (microns), the other would have been virally sized (tens of nanometers). Plausible avenues for chemical differentiation between the two particles are discussed, and the probabilities for the transition from geochemistry to biochemistry updated in light of recent palaeo fossil studies.
Subject: marine aerosols
fission
bacteria
virus


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