OoL digest — January 1 edition

This week we have 14 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Quantifying Global Origin-Diagnostic Features and Patterns in Biotic and Abiotic Acyclic Lipids for Life Detection
Buckner et al. – Astrobiology

Sustained and comparative habitability beyond Earth
Cockell et al. – Nature Astronomy

Can Isotopologues Be Used as Biosignature Gases in Exoplanet Atmospheres?
Glidden et al. – Life (Basel, Switzerland)

Mineral Indicators of Geologically Recent Past Habitability on Mars
Hart et al. – Life (Basel, Switzerland)

Is astrobiology serious science?
Jeancolas et al. – Nature Astronomy

Biosignature Detection and MinION Sequencing of Antarctic Cryptoendoliths After Exposure to Mars Simulation Conditions
Maggiori et al. – Astrobiology

Using artificial intelligence to transform astrobiology
Scharf et al. – Nature Astronomy


Evolution of Complex Chemical Mixtures Reveals Combinatorial Compression and Population Synchronicity
Matange et al. – preprint

2’,3’-protected nucleotides as building blocks for enzymatic de novo RNA synthesis
Pichon et al. – preprint

Active droplets through enzyme-free, dynamic phosphorylation
Poprawa et al. – preprint

A Prebiotic Selection of β-Furanoside-5’-Phosphate as the Sole Configuration toward the Synthesis of Extant RNA
Zhao et al. – preprint

Acyl phosphates as chemically fueled building blocks for self-sustaining protocells.
Zozulia et al. – preprint


Evolution of Multicellularity Genes in the Lead Up to the Great Oxidation Event
Boden et al. – preprint

Mathematical biology

On the exclusion of exponential autocatalysts by sub-exponential autocatalysts
Sakref et al. – preprint