OoL digest — edition 2

Alright, it’s already time for our second OoL digest! Today, we have one article in Earth Sciences discussing the detection of organic molecules from 3.5 billion years ago, and five others in biochemistry/biology about autocatalytic networks, evolution of replication, protein homochirality, scaling laws and in situ testing of theories on the origin of life. Happy reading!

Earth sciences

Mißbach, H., Duda, J.-P., van den Kerkhof, A.M., Lüders, V., Pack, A., Reitner, J., Thiel, V., 2021. Ingredients for microbial life preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old fluid inclusions. Nature Communications 12, 1101. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-21323-z 1


Ameta, S., Arsène, S., Foulon, S., Saudemont, B., Clifton, B.E., Griffiths, A.D., Nghe, P., 2021. Darwinian properties and their trade-offs in autocatalytic RNA reaction networks. Nature Communications 12, 842. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-21000-1

Kudella, P.W., Tkachenko, A.V., Salditt, A., Maslov, S., Braun, D., 2021. Structured sequences emerge from random pool when replicated by templated ligation. PNAS 118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2018830118 1

Chu, X.-Y., Zhang, H.-Y., 2021. Protein Homochirality May Be Derived from Primitive Peptide Synthesis by RNA. Astrobiology. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2020.2324 1

Gagler, D.C., Karas, B., Kempes, C., Goldman, A.D., Kim, H., Walker, S.I., 2021. Scaling laws in enzyme function reveal a new kind of biochemical universality. bioRxiv 2021.02.09.430541. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.09.430541

Deamer, D., 2021. Where Did Life Begin? Testing Ideas in Prebiotic Analogue Conditions. Life 11, 134. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11020134