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An Evolutionary Model for Prebiotic Phosphorylation

  • Alan W. Schwartz

Abstract

Not long ago, in writing on the problem of prebiotic phosphorylation, I concluded: “Clearly a great deal more work is necessary before any definitive model can be proposed to account for the sources of phosphorus on the primitive Earth” (1). It is still premature to speak of a “definitive model” and more work is certainly necessary. It is particularly appropriate, however, that in honoring the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Proiskhozdenie zhizny” and the 80th birthday of Academician Oparin, a tentative outline of such a proposal can now be made. This model is made possible by recent work in several laboratories and unites a number of earlier studies into what may be described as an evolutionary continuum linking phosphorus to the other biogenic elements.

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Liquid Water Ammonium Formate Biogenic Element Ammonium Oxalate Carbonaceous Chondrite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan W. Schwartz
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  1. 1.Department of ExobiologyUniversity of NijmegenThe Netherlands

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