Catalysis and prebiotic RNA synthesis

  • James P. Ferris


The essential role of catalysis for the origins of life is discussed. The status of the prebiotic synthesis of 2′,5′- and 3′,5′-linked oligomers of RNA is reviewed. Examples of the role of metal ion and mineral catalysis in RNA oligomer formation are discussed.


Organic Chemistry Catalysis Geochemistry Oligomer Essential Role 
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  • James P. Ferris
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroy

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