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Issue 14, 2019
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Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules

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Abstract

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.

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Submitted
31 Dec 2018
Accepted
17 Jan 2019
First published
17 Jan 2019

Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 2090-2093
Article type
Communication

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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