Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres

, Volume 36, Issue 5–6, pp 501–505 | Cite as

Prebiotic Homochirality as a Critical Phenomenon

  • Marcelo GleiserEmail author
  • Joel Thorarinson


The development of prebiotic homochirality on early-Earth or another planetary platform may be viewed as a critical phenomenon. It is shown, in the context of spatio-temporal polymerization reaction networks, that environmental effects – be them temperature surges or other external disruptions – may destroy any net chirality previously produced. In order to understand the emergence of prebiotic homochirality it is important to model the coupling of polymerization reaction networks to different planetary environments.


prebiotic homochirality origin of life early planetary environments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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