Prebiological Evolution: The Constructionist Approach to the Origin of Life

  • Richard S. Young


It is difficult to estimate the number of scientific laboratories today whose primary efforts are directed toward a translation of the history of the origin and early evolution of life. If one uses the membership of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life as a guide, we can estimate that more than 350 scientists representing 90–100 laboratories around the world are engaged in origin of life research. The field has been pursued on an experimental basis for around 30 years, in only a few laboratories for the first 10 years and then a period of rapid growth in the early 1960s with the influx of funding dollars in the United States from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Living System Chemical Evolution Life Story Thermal Polymerization Trace Amino Acid 
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  1. Haldane, J. B. S., 1965, in “The Origins of Prebiological Systems and their Molecular Matrices,” S. W. Fox, ed., pp. 11–18, Academic Press, New York and London.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Young
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  1. 1.American Society for Cell BioligyBethesdaUSA

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