08 Jan '18, 1pm

Scientists uncover new chemical recipe for early life on Earth

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have crafted a compelling new chemical blueprint for the origin of life on Earth. “This was a black box for us,” said Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, senior author of the new study. “But if you focus on the chemistry, the questions of origins of life become less daunting.” In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications , scientists explain how essential chemical reactions for supporting life could have occurred with ingredients that were very likely present on Earth four billion years ago. Their theory centers on what is known as the citric acid cycle, a system that enables every aerobic organism to release energy stored in their cells.

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