Model suggests how life’s code emerged from primordial soup

Friday, August 7, 2009 - 12:49 in Astronomy & Space

It would seem a stunning improbability for a whirlwind to spin through a junkyard and leave behind a fully assembled jumbo jet. This colorful metaphor by astronomer Fred Hoyle points out the difficulties encountered by scientists when they try to understand how Life could have emerged billions of years ago. Researchers at Rockefeller University now show how crude pieces of a genetic system could self-assemble and generate the rules of Life’s most fundamental code.

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