We May Have Just Unlocked a Secret to How Life Started on Earth

Published on February 25, 2019
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Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Scientists have been trying to piece together the chemical recipe for how the building blocks of life originated. Now, they may have found it.

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Chemists find a recipe that may have jump-started life on Earth
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/10/chemists-find-recipe-may-have-jump-started-life-earth
“Now, a team of researchers has shown for the first time that a set of simple starting materials, which were likely present on early Earth, can produce all four of RNA’s chemical building blocks.”

The Origins of the RNA World
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3331698/
“The general notion of an “RNA World” is that, in the early development of life on the Earth, genetic continuity was assured by the replication of RNA and genetically encoded proteins were not involved as catalysts. There is now strong evidence indicating that an RNA World did indeed exist before DNA- and protein-based life.”

The Secret of How Life on Earth Began
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161026-the-secret-of-how-life-on-earth-began
“This is the story of our quest to discover our ultimate origin. It is a story of obsession, struggle and brilliant creativity, which encompasses some of the greatest discoveries of modern science. The endeavour to understand life’s beginnings has sent men and women to the furthest corners of our planet.”
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