OoL digest — May 23rd edition

This week we have 8 preprints and 19 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Science and Curation Considerations for the Design of a Mars Sample Return (MSR) Sample Receiving Facility (SRF) – Carrier et al. – Astrobiology

Interpreting Molecular and Isotopic Biosignatures in Methane-Derived Authigenic Carbonates in the Light of a Potential Carbon Cycle in the Icy Moons – Carrizo et al. – Astrobiology

Recommendation on Orbiting Sample Cleanliness – Cockell et al. – Astrobiology

The Scientific Importance of Returning Airfall Dust as a Part of Mars Sample Return (MSR) – Grady et al. – Astrobiology

Rationale and Proposed Design for a Mars Sample Return (MSR) Science Program – Haltigin et al. – Astrobiology

Mars Sample Return (MSR): Planning for Returned Sample Science – Kminek et al. – Astrobiology

The scale of a martian hydrothermal system explored using combined neutron and x-ray tomography – Martell et al. – Science Advances

Final Report of the Mars Sample Return Science Planning Group 2 (MSPG2) – Meyer et al. – Astrobiology

The Futility of Exoplanet Biosignatures – Smith et al. – preprint

Scientific Value of Including an Atmospheric Sample as Part of Mars Sample Return (MSR) – Swindle et al. – Astrobiology

Time-Sensitive Aspects of Mars Sample Return (MSR) Science – Tosca et al. – Astrobiology

Planning Implications Related to Sterilization-Sensitive Science Investigations Associated with Mars Sample Return (MSR) – Velbel et al. – Astrobiology


Idiosyncratic epistasis leads to global fitness–correlated trends – Bakerlee et al. – Science

Synthesis of Phospholipids Under Plausible Prebiotic Conditions and Analogies with Phospholipid Biochemistry for Origin of Life Studies – Fiore et al. – Astrobiology

Conservation of nitrogenase functionality over long timescales – Garcia et al. – preprint

Kinetic traps in chemically fueled self-assembly and how to overcome them. – Kriebisch et al. – preprint


Emergent coexistence in multispecies microbial communities – Chang et al. – preprint

The Origin of Life: What Is the Question? – Malaterre et al. – Astrobiology


Catalytic Synthesis of Polyribonucleic Acid on Prebiotic Rock Glasses – Jerome et al. – Astrobiology

Memory, switches, and an OR-port through bistability in chemically fueled crystals – Schnitter et al. – Nature Communications


A fundamental limit to the search for the oldest fossils – McMahon et al. – Nature Ecology & Evolution

The Effect of Ocean Salinity on Climate and Its Implications for Earth’s Habitability – Olson et al. – preprint

830-million-year-old microorganisms in primary fluid inclusions in halite – Schreder-Gomes et al. – Geology

Mathematical biology

Onsager regression characterizes living systems in passive measurements – Muenker et al. – preprint

Unified representation of Life’s basic properties by a 3-species Stochastic Cubic Autocatalytic Reaction-Diffusion system of equations – Muñuzuri et al. – Physics of Life Reviews

Chemical Evolution Reimagined – Pinter et al. – preprint

Detailed Balanced Chemical Reaction Networks as Generalized Boltzmann Machines – Poole et al. – preprint

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

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