OoL digest — edition 1

This is the OoL digest, first edition! Today, we have two articles in astrophysics that discuss the formation of water in planetary systems and the possibility of a Marsian origin of life, two articles in biology that analyze the catalytic role of minerals in RNA formation and propose a 2-domain tree of life, and an article in information theory comparing the information content of living and non-living systems displaying collective behavior.

Astrophysics/planetary science

  • Carr, C.E., 2021. Resolving the History of Life on Earth by Seeking Life As We Know It on Mars. arXiv:2102.02362 [astro-ph, physics:physics, q-bio]. https://arxiv.org/abs/2102.02362

  • van Dishoeck, E.F., Kristensen, L.E., team, the W., 2021. Water in star-forming regions (WISH): Physics and chemistry from clouds to disks as probed by Herschel spectroscopy. arXiv:2102.02225 [astro-ph]. https://arxiv.org/abs/2102.02225


  • Ertem, G., 2021. The Role of Minerals in Events That Led to the Origin of Life. Astrobiology 21, 137–150. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2020.2245

  • Xie, R., Wang, Y., Huang, D., Hou, J., Li, L., Hu, H., Zhao, X., Wang, F., 2021. Expanded Asgard archaea shed new light on the origin of eukaryotes and support a 2-domain tree of life. bioRxiv 2021.02.04.429862. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.04.429862

Information theory

Alexandre Champagne‑Ruel
Alexandre Champagne‑Ruel
PhD Candidate - Astrophysics

My research interests include statistical physics, complex systems and major evolutionary transitions.