Origins of Life

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    • #8613
      mdlsfreak
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      Hi all.

      I have a paper due soon in my Zoology class.

      I want to write it on the origins of life.

      Can anyone direct me to some good online sources or discuss the matter with me in this thread? Feel free to say as much as you like.

      Much appreciation.

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      MrMistery
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    • #78234
      AstusAleator
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      There are hundreds of pages of discussion about this very subject (although sadly most of them turn into creation/ID debates) in the Evolution and Darwinism portion of the forum.

    • #78530
      smellor
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      it seems to me the origin of life, assuming you are speaking of the genesis of primitive forms of life like prokaryotes, is a much contested subject with very little real proof. which is why discussions usually end up in creationism debate, in the end it really just comes down to what you believe.
      There are theories but how can we ever really prove anything?

    • #78533
      mith
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      Self assembling structures is probably what you would need to investigate.

    • #78540
      woolleyy
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      Yup, have you read George Church’s paper about pushing self assembly of a cell?

    • #78643
      smellor
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      what journal/year/volume etc? sounds like an interesting read.

    • #79058
      Lucanus cervus
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      I could recommend this one:

      Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning by Christian De Duve(2002) ISBN 0195156056

      Christian De Duve is Beglian internationally acclaimed cytologist and biochemist, he discovered peroxisomes and lysosomes, cell organelles. He was awarded the shared Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

      His later years have been mostly devoted to origin of life studies: His work has contributed to the emerging consensus that the endosymbiotic theory is correct.

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