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Issue 14, 2019
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Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules

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We report empirically and theoretically that multiple prebiotic minerals can selectively accumulate longer RNAs, with selectivity enhanced at higher temperatures. We further demonstrate that surfaces can be combined with a catalytic RNA to form longer RNA polymers, supporting the potential of minerals to develop genetic information on the early Earth.

Graphical abstract: Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules

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The article was received on 31 Dec 2018, accepted on 17 Jan 2019 and first published on 17 Jan 2019

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10319D
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 2090-2093

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    Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules

    R. Mizuuchi, A. Blokhuis, L. Vincent, P. Nghe, N. Lehman and D. Baum, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 2090
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC10319D

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