OoL digest — edition 10

In today’s digest we have several articles about biosignatures/astrochemistry. There are discussions of panspermia detectability, spectrum of chiral molecules and confirmed detection of phospholipids in the interstellar medium. We also have two articles about the identification of new biosignatures from assembly theory and stoichiometry. Moreover, we have a paper about the influence of synergestic coevolution on the rate of molecular evolution and another one discussing oxygen’s role in the development of multicellularity. Finally, we have an article about the expected number of autocatalytic sets in chemical systems. Happy reading!


Feasibility of Detecting Interstellar Panspermia in Astrophysical Environments – Grimaldi et al. – arXiv

Laboratory blueprints for interstellar searches of aromatic chiral molecules: rotational signatures of styrene oxide – Stahl et al. – Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

Discovery in space of ethanolamine, the simplest phospholipid head group – Rivilla et al. – PNAS

Identifying molecules as biosignatures with assembly theory and mass spectrometry – Marshall et al. – Nature comm.

Generalized Stoichiometry and Biogeochemistry for Astrobiological Applications – Kempes et al. – Bull Math Biol

Evolutionary biology

Synergistic coevolution accelerates genome evolution – Preussger at al. – bioRxiv

Oxygen suppression of macroscopic multicellularity – Bozdag et al. – Nature Communications

Mathematical biology

The Expected Number of Viable Autocatalytic Sets in Chemical Reaction Systems – Kauffman et al. – Artificial Life