OoL digest — October 13th edition

After a little hiatus, here is a new edition of the OoL digest with eight new papers published (and more to come very soon!). We have papers in astrobiology, biochemistry and planetary science this week. The first paper, by Limaye, introduces a collection of papers on the venusian cloud layer from a workshop in Russia in 2019. In the second paper, McGuire presents a census of molecular species detected in the ISM. The third astrobiology paper by Mogul presents an analysis of the potential for phototrophy in venusian clouds. In biochemistry, the first paper from Carter discusses the emergence of genetic coding. The second paper, by Fournier, presents an estimate for when cyanobacteria and photosynthesis first originated. In the last two biochemistry papers Rubio-Sánchez analyzes membrane phase transitions while Tang investigates the transition to multicellularity in cyanobacteria. Finally, in planetary sciences Johnson examines through computer modeling how much oxygen might have been present pre-GOE on early Earth. Happy reading!


Introducing the Venus Collection—Papers from the First Workshop on Habitability of the Cloud Layer – Limaye et al. – preprint

2021 Census of Interstellar, Circumstellar, Extragalactic, Protoplanetary Disk, and Exoplanetary Molecules – McGuire – preprint

Potential for Phototrophy in Venus’ Clouds – Mogul et al. – preprint


The Roots of Genetic Coding in Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase Duality – Carter et al. – Annual Review of Biochemistry

The Archean origin of oxygenic photosynthesis and extant cyanobacterial lineages – Fournier et al. – Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Thermally Driven Membrane Phase Transitions Enable Content Reshuffling in Primitive Cells – Rubio-Sánchez et al. – preprint

Phenotypic plasticity, life cycles and the evolutionary transition to multicellularity – Tang et al. – preprint

Planetary Science

Reconciling evidence of oxidative weathering and atmospheric anoxia on Archean Earth – Johnson et al. – Science Advances