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Exponential kinetics of formation of organic microstructures

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Abstract

Organic microstructure production in Miller-Urey spark discharge flasks is an energydependent, autocatalytic process which follows first order kinetics similar to microbial growth curves. These relationships hold for all three major morphological types of microstructures observed. The three types are assembled from smaller precursor subunits which associated according to a binomial distribution. These structures could have formed bounded systems in which pre-biological processes might have occurred.

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Fraser, C.L., Folsome, C.E. Exponential kinetics of formation of organic microstructures. Origins Life Evol Biosphere 6, 429–433 (1975). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01130345

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Keywords

  • Microstructure
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Growth Curve
  • Binomial Distribution