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Origin of life. II. From prebiotic replicators to protocells.

G Turian

Arch Sci Compte Rendu Seances Soc 1999 Aug;52(2):101-9

Laboratoire de Microbiologie et de Bioenergetique, Geneve.

Primitive microvesicles (coacervates, microspheres, marigranules, etc.), free-born in aqueous media, are only protometabolic proteinoids surrounded by an amphiphilic protomembrane. In contrast, surface-born microvesicles could be initiated in the pores of watered rocks providing primary boundaries coated by amphiphilic compounds and acting as sinks for primitive peptides and their coding nucleobases N-P anchored on polyphosphates. Read More

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