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Experimental studies in the origin of life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11539076     Owner:  NASA     Status:  MEDLINE    
Modern astronomy suggests that planets are plentiful in the Universe and that the conditions suitable for life are commonplace. Advances in biochemistry have pointed out the unity of the biosphere and lead to the belief that all life had a common chemical origin. Laboratory experiments indicate that almost all the building blocks of life can be synthesized under simulated primitive Earth conditions. The analysis of meteorites and the study of the interstellar medium indicate that molecules of biological interest are commonplace in the Universe, thus leading to the conclusion that the evolutionary process which has taken place on Earth may have also occurred elsewhere in the cosmos leading to extraterrestrial civilisations.
C Ponnamperuma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the British Interplanetary Society     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0007-084X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Br Interplanet Soc     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-10     Completed Date:  1997-10-10     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100971308     Medline TA:  J Br Interplanet Soc     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-400     Citation Subset:  S    
Chemistry Department, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Astronomical Phenomena
Evolution, Chemical*
Formaldehyde / chemistry
Hydrogen Cyanide / chemistry
Polymers / chemical synthesis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Polymers; 50-00-0/Formaldehyde; 74-90-8/Hydrogen Cyanide
C Ponnamperuma / U MD, College Park, Dept Chem

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