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Chemical evolution from simple inorganic compounds to chiral peptides

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Abstract

Numerous experiments performed in the past 50 years have strongly changed ideas of how life could have emerged on the primitive Earth. This review deals with the synthesis of biomolecule precursors under the conditions prevailing on the primordial Earth, and describes possible scenarios for their combination and elongation to form peptides and proteins. Furthermore it proposes different answers to one of the big secrets of nature: why DNA-coded biohomochiral life emerged using amino acids in their L-form?

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The article was received on 12 Mar 2012 and first published on 25 Jun 2012


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35073D
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 5484-5489
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    Chemical evolution from simple inorganic compounds to chiral peptides

    T. A. E. Jakschitz and B. M. Rode, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 5484
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35073D

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