OoL digest — September 26 edition

This week we have 5 preprints and 9 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Abundant phosphorus expected for possible life in Enceladus’s ocean – Hao et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Peptide Bonds in the Interstellar Medium: Facile Autocatalytic Formation from Nitriles on Water-Ice Grains – Kerkeni et al. – preprint

Formation and evolution of carbonaceous asteroid Ryugu: Direct evidence from returned samples – Nakamura et al. – Science

A primordial atmospheric origin of hydrospheric deuterium enrichment on Mars – Pahlevan et al. – Earth and Planetary Science Letters


Selection of prebiotic oligonucleotides by cyclic phase separation – Bartolucci et al. – preprint

The hierarchical organization of autocatalytic reaction networks and its relevance to the origin of life – Peng et al. – PLOS Computational Biology

Complete RNA replication cycles in a Hadean microcompartment – Salditt et al. – preprint

Growth, replication and division enable evolution of coacervate protocells – Slootbeek et al. – Chemical Communications

The Statistical Trends of Protein Evolution: A Lesson from AlphaFold Database – Tang et al. – Molecular Biology and Evolution


DNA and the origins of life in micaceous clay – Hansma – Biophysical Journal


An experimental and theoretical investigation of HCN production in the Hadean Earth atmosphere – Pearce et al. – preprint


Single-particle studies of the effects of RNA–protein interactions on the self-assembly of RNA virus particles – Garmann et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Origin and Evolution of Nitrogen Fixation in Prokaryotes – Pi et al. – Molecular Biology and Evolution

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

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