OoL digest — edition 3

Good morning from Montreal! Time for our third OoL digest. Today we have six articles in biochemistry/biology – four about parasites, the evolution of oxygen-utilizing enzymes, speciation in chemical evolution and tRNA, and two discussing the role of compartmentalization.


Hickinbotham, S.J., Stepney, S., Hogeweg, P., 2021. Nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of parasites (preprint). Evolutionary Biology. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.02.25.432891

Jabłońska, J., Tawfik, D.S., 2021. The evolution of oxygen-utilizing enzymes suggests early biosphere oxygenation. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-020-01386-9

Jia, T.Z., Caudan, M., Mamajanov, I., 2021. Origin of Species before Origin of Life: The Role of Speciation in Chemical Evolution. Life 11, 154. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11020154

Kühnlein, A., Lanzmich, S.A., Braun, D., 2021. tRNA sequences can assemble into a replicator. eLife 10, e63431. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.63431

Spustova, K., Köksal, E.S., Ainla, A., Gözen, I., 2021. Subcompartmentalization and Pseudo-Division of Model Protocells. Small 17, 2005320. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202005320

Mizuuchi, R., Ichihashi, N., 2021. Primitive Compartmentalization for the Sustainable Replication of Genetic Molecules. Life 11, 191. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11030191 1

Happy reading !

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

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