OoL digest — April 1 edition

This week we have 30 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!

Artificial life

Kuhnian Lessons for the Study of Open-Ended Evolution
Bedau – Artificial Life

Information, Coding, and Biological Function: The Dynamics of Life
Cartwright et al. – Artificial Life

What Is Artificial Life Today, and Where Should It Go?
Dorin et al. – Artificial Life


Icy ocean worlds, plumes, and tasting the water
Burchell et al. – Meteoritics & Planetary Science

Could Life Have Started on Mars? Planetary Conditions That Assemble and Destroy Protocells
Cary et al. – Life (Basel, Switzerland)

The high-resolution map of Oxia Planum, Mars; the landing site of the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission
Fawdon et al. – Journal of Maps

Quantifying Cloud-Free Observations from Landsat Missions: Implications for Water Environment Analysis
Feng et al. – Journal of Remote Sensing

Interior Controls on the Habitability of Rocky Planets
Gillmann et al. – Space: Science & Technology

Hydrogenated amorphous carbon grains as an alternative carrier of the 9–13 μm plateau feature in the fullerene planetary nebula Tc 1
Gómez-Muñoz et al. – Astronomy & Astrophysics

Energy-ordered resource stratification as an agnostic signature of life
Goyal et al. – preprint

Ultraviolet and Chromospheric activity and Habitability of M stars
Li et al. – preprint

Principles Of Heliophysics: a textbook on the universal processes behind planetary habitability
Schrijver et al. – preprint

Biogenic sulfur gases as biosignatures on temperate sub-Neptune waterworlds
Tsai et al. – preprint

Long-Term Survivability of Tardigrade Paramacrobiotus experimentalis (Eutardigrada) at Increased Magnesium Perchlorate Levels: Implications for Astrobiological Research
Wilanowska et al. – Life (Basel, Switzerland)


Do we Owe our Existence to Gravitational Waves?
Ellis et al. – preprint

JWST Observations of Young protoStars (JOYS+): Detecting icy complex organic molecules and ions - I. CH4, SO2, HCOO−, OCN−, H2CO, HCOOH, CH3CH2OH, CH3CHO, CH3OCHO, and CH3COOH
Rocha et al. – Astronomy & Astrophysics


High-Fidelity RNA Copying via 2′,3′-Cyclic Phosphate Ligation
Calaça Serrão et al. – Journal of the American Chemical Society

RNA life on the edge of catastrophe
Chen – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A Surface Hydrothermal Source of Nitriles and Isonitriles
Shorttle et al. – preprint

Emergence of catalytic function in prebiotic information-coding polymers
Tkachenko et al. – eLife


Stability distillation hypothesis for the origin of life
Bi – preprint

Three-Dimensional Chiral Morphogenesis of Active Fluids
Li et al. – Physical Review Letters

Computational biology

The minimum energy required to build a cell
Ortega-Arzola et al. – Scientific Reports


Mixed clonal-aggregative multicellularity entrained by extreme salinity fluctuations in a close relative of animals
Ros-Rocher et al. – preprint

Molecular biology

Synthetic eco-evolutionary dynamics in simple molecular environment
Casiraghi et al. – eLife

Emergence of an orphan nitrogenase protein following atmospheric oxygenation
Cuevas Zuviría et al. – Molecular Biology and Evolution

Emergence of catalytic function in prebiotic information-coding polymers
Tkachenko et al. – eLife


Multi-substrate specificity shaped the complex evolution of the aminotransferase family across the tree of life
Koper et al. – preprint

Planetary science

Young volcanic terrains are windows into early microbial colonization
Hadland et al. – Communications Earth & Environment

Synthetic biology

Triggered contraction of self-assembled micron-scale DNA nanotube rings
Illig et al. – Nature Communications