Summary #676

ELSI scientists discover new chemistry that may help explain the origins of cellular life

eurekalert.org
  • Steps made towards understanding the origins of the creation of cells, by a team consisting of chemists, biochemists, material scientists and geologists.
  • Most studies explore the first biological cells, whereas this took a look at a non-biological system that could have played a part in the evolution of life.
  • Under conditions resembling primitive beaches and river banks, simple acids can polymerize into cell-like compartments.
  • These turned out to be great hosts for biomolecules like RNA and proteins, and it’s possible that they could have enabled the creation of protocells on Earth.
  • This needs a lot more studies, but the existing research could already have applications in areas like drug delivery and personalized medicine.

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