Chirality and Life

A Short Introduction to the Early Phases of Chemical Evolution

  • Rolf M. Flügel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Physicochemical Principles

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  3. Scenarios of Ancient Worlds

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  4. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

This book presents the fascinating formation of the first simple bioorganic molecules and describes the hidden aspects of chiral compounds, which raise questions on the molecular beginnings of life. The occurrences of extraterrestrial, non-standard amino acids in meteorites are dealt with in detail, as well as their subsequent transfer to proteinogenic amino acids. The concept of asymmetric organo-catalysis for the synthesis of carbohydrates and ribonucleosides are considered. The notion of a single amino acid that functions as an enzyme is developed. Attempts to simulate ancient world scenarios are critically reviewed. There is a special focus on ribozymes and the resulting RNA world. Combinations of different world scenarios are discussed in view of an on-going evolution. The currently most plausible hypotheses and visions of ancient world scenarios that led to today’s DNA world are also provided. Included is a pre-cellular world of viruses that is presented for the first time.

Keywords

Chemical evolution Chirality Proteins RNA world

Authors and affiliations

  • Rolf M. Flügel
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  1. 1.SchriesheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-16977-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-16976-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-16977-9
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