OoL digest — February 21st edition

This week we have 5 preprints and 15 new papers on the origin of life, coming from astrobiology/astrophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biophysics and ecology. Enjoy!


The origin of volatile elements in the Earth–Moon system – Borg et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

On possible life-dispersal patterns beyond the Earth – Kovacevic – preprint

Understanding planetary context to enable life detection on exoplanets and test the Copernican principle – Krissansen-Totton et al. – Nature Astronomy

Nitrogen Cycling and Biosignatures in a Hyperarid Mars Analog Environment – Shen et al. – Astrobiology

Three-dimensional complex architectures observed in shock processed amino acid mixtures – Surendra et al. – Experimental Results


The Habitable Zones of Rapidly Rotating Main Sequence A/F Stars – Ahlers et al. – preprint

Detectability of Chlorofluorocarbons in the Atmospheres of Habitable M-dwarf Planets – Haqq-Misra et al. – preprint

Duplex Formation and the Origins of Homochirality – Ross et al. – Astrobiology


Differential Oligomerization of Alpha versus Beta Amino Acids and Hydroxy Acids in Abiotic Proto-Peptide Synthesis Reactions – Frenkel-Pinter et al. – Life

Experimental and Theoretical Constraints on Amino Acid Formation from PAHs in Asteroidal Settings – Giese et al. – ACS Earth and Space Chemistry

Potassium at the Origins of Life: Did Biology Emerge From Biotite in Micaceous Clay? – Hansma – preprint

Charge-density reduction promotes ribozyme activity in RNA–peptide coacervates via RNA fluidization and magnesium partitioning – Iglesias-Artola et al. – Nature Chemistry

Clays and the Origin of Life: The Experiments – Kloprogge et al. – Life

The Origin of Genetic Code and Translation in the Framework of Current Concepts on the Origin of Life – Kondratyeva et al. – Biochemistry (Moscow)

Reflections on the origin of life: More than an “evolutionary” problem – Ruiz-Mirazo et al. – Mètode Revista de difusió de la investigació


How evolution builds up complexity?: In vitro evolution approaches to witness complexification in artificial molecular replication systems – Furubayashi et al. – Biophysics and Physicobiology

Out-of-equilibrium self-replication allows selection for dynamic kinetic stability in a system of competing replicators – Liu et al. – Angewandte Chemie International Edition


On the ideas of the origin of eukaryotes: a critical review – Islas-Morales et al. – preprint


Cellular organization in lab-evolved and extant multicellular species obeys a maximum entropy law – Day et al. – eLife


Ecological Opportunity and Necessity: Biotic and Abiotic Drivers Interact During Diversification of Digital Host-Parasite Communities – Acosta et al. – Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

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

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