How Life?

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Submitted by Stephen Boydstun on Wed, 2008-12-31 13:01


How Life? (How Value?)


“The Origin of Life on the Earth”

Leslie E. Orgel 

Scientific American (Oct 1994)


“Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origin of the RNA World” 

Leslie E. Orgel (2004) 

Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 39(2):99–123.


“A Simpler Origin for Life” 

Robert Shapiro 

Scientific American (Jun 2007)


“Synthesizing Life” 

Jack W. Szostak, David P. Bartel, and P. Luigi Luisi (2001) 

Nature 409:387–390


“Designing a New Molecule of Life” 

Peter E. Neilsen 

Scientific American (Dec 2008)


What Is Life?

Investigating the Nature of Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology

Ed Regis (2008)




“Thank Your Lucky Cells!” –SB

The Way of the Cell  –Franklin M. Harold (2001, OUP)

Teleology – Rand

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Inorganic to Organic

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From the mineral peridotite, together with water, CO2, and geothermal heat, come organic compounds good for making life (without sunlight): the organic acids formate and acetate as well as gases such as methane. At Lost City Hydrothermal Fields, the proportion of carbon 13 to carbon 12 in the lipids of native microbes is not the proportion in carbon derived from CO2-producing organisms. Life on earth may have emerged in vent systems similar to Lost City.

Scientific American – December 2009 (pages 62–67)
Alexander S. Bradley



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Protocells: Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter 


Edited by S. Rasmussen, M. A. Bedau, L. Chen, D. Deamer, D. C. Krakauer, N. H. Packard, and P. F. Stadler

MIT 2008

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