Recurrent Dreams of Life in Meteorites

  • Richard GordonEmail author
  • Jesse C. Mcnichol
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 22)


The debate on life in meteorites has entered its eighth episode, with recurrent themes and arguments. We suggest: (1) that deliberate contamination of meteorite specimens be used as a control; (2) that exploration of the solar system proceed apace to obtain pristine samples and check them for life, under stringent isolating conditions that provably avoid contamination of control specimens; and (3) that the combination of macromolecular with inorganic material in carbonaceous chondrites be explored as a possible cause for some of the organized elements and as a possible early step towards protocells in the origin of life.


Carbonaceous Chondrite Terrestrial Organism Organize Element Lunar Sample Martian Meteorite 
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We would like to thank Cheryl Buors, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, University of Manitoba, for a tremendous job in collecting archaic references.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Embryogenesis CenterGulf Specimen Marine LaboratoriesPanaceaUSA
  2. 2.National Research Council of CanadaInstitute for Marine BiosciencesHalifaxCanada

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