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Origin of life: hypothesized roles of high-energy electrical discharges, infrared radiation, thermosynthesis and pre-photosynthesis.
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PMID:  22718039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The hypothesis is proposed that during the organization of pre-biotic bacterial cell(s), high-energy electrical discharges, infrared radiation (IR), thermosynthesis and possibly pre-photosynthesis were central to the origin of life. High-energy electrical discharges generated some simple organic molecules available for the origin of life. Infrared radiation, both incoming to the Earth and generated on the cooling Earth with day/night and warming/cooling cycles, was a component of heat engine thermosynthesis before enzymes and the genetic code were present. Eventually, a primitive forerunner of photosynthesis and the capability to capture visible light emerged. In addition, the dual particle-wave nature of light is discussed from the perspective that life requires light acting both as a wave and particle.
J T Trevors
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Theory in biosciences = Theorie in den Biowissenschaften     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1611-7530     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9708216     Medline TA:  Theory Biosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Laboratory of Microbiology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road, E., Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1, Canada,
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