2011

Origins of Life: The Primal Self-Organization

ISBN: 978-3-642-21624-4 (Print) 978-3-642-21625-1 (Online)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii

  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 3-33

      Energetics of the First Life

  3. Primeval Syntheses

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 35-35

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      Pages 37-55

      A Hypothesis for a Unified Mechanism of Formation and Enantioenrichment of Polyols and Aldaric, Aldonic, Amino, Hydroxy and Sugar Acids in Carbonaceous Chondrites

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 57-84

      On the Origin of Phosphorylated Biomolecules

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      Pages 85-105

      Abiotic Photosynthesis: From Prebiotic Chemistry to Metabolism

  4. Facets of an Ancestral Peptide World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 107-107

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      Pages 109-127

      Salt-Induced Peptide Formation in Chemical Evolution: Building Blocks Before RNA – Potential of Peptide Splicing Reactions

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      Pages 129-153

      Scenario of the Primary Pump: Emergence and Operation of an Automatic Engine to Generate Primordial Peptides and Beyond Nucleic Acids

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 155-166

      The Relevance of Peptides That Bind FeS Clusters, Phosphate Groups, Cations or Anions for Prebiotic Evolution

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      Pages 167-181

      Peptide-Dominated Vesicles: Bacterial Internal Membrane Compartments as Model Systems for Prebiotic Evolution

  5. RNA Worlds – Ancestral and Contemporary

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 183-183

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 185-208

      Nicotinamide Coenzyme Synthesis: A Case of Ribonucleotide Emergence or a Byproduct of the RNA World?

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      Book Chapter

      Pages 209-223

      On Alternative Biological Scenarios for the Evolutionary Transitions to DNA and Biological Protein Synthesis

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      Pages 225-286

      Two RNA Worlds: Toward the Origin of Replication, Genes, Recombination, and Repair

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 287-287

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      Pages 289-360

      Integrative Perspectives: In Quest of a Coherent Framework for Origins of Life on Earth

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 361-366