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New Theory Addresses How Life on Earth Arose from the Primordial Muck

2 Nov 2017, 10:16 UTC
New Theory Addresses How Life on Earth Arose from the Primordial Muck
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A new theory that addresses how life arose on Earth, proposes that it originated in an intimate partnership between the nucleic acids (genetic instructions for all organisms) and small proteins called peptides and contradicts the widely-held “RNA-world” hypothesis, which states that life originated from nucleic acids and only later evolved to include proteins.
Peter Wills, a New Zealand astrobiologist is the co-author of this study.
Peter Wills, PhD, a professor of physics at the University of Auckland, said “Compared to the RNA-world hypothesis, what we’ve outlined is simply a much more probable scenario for the origin of life. We hope our data and the theory we’ve outlined in these papers will stimulate discussion and further research on questions relevant to the origins of life.”

The following is the press release from University of North Carolina:
New Theory Addresses How Life on Earth Arose from the Primordial Muck
American and New Zealand researchers use experimental evidence to overturn widely-accepted theory on the dawn of life on Earth.

Media contact: Mark Derewicz, 984-974-1915, mark.derewicz@unchealth.unc.edu

October 31, 2017/ November 1, 2017 NZST

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