OoL digest — October 10 edition

This week we have 4 preprints and 10 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Mechanism of Prebiotic Uracil Synthesis from Urea and HC3O+ in Space – Choe – Astrobiology

A Catalog of Habitable Zone Exoplanets – Hill et al. – preprint

Evaluating the Plausible Range of N2O Biosignatures on Exo-Earths: An Integrated Biogeochemical, Photochemical, and Spectral Modeling Approach – Schwieterman et al. – The Astrophysical Journal

On the Salient Limitations of the Methods of Assembly Theory and their Classification of Molecular Biosignatures – Uthamacumaran et al. – preprint


Atmospheric retrievals for LIFE and other future space missions: the importance of mitigating systematic effects – Alei et al. – preprint

Large Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): VIII. Detecting rocky exoplanets in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars – Kammerer et al. – preprint


Comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the ribonucleotide reductase family reveals an ancestral clade – Burnim et al. – eLife

Translation Comes First: Ancient and Convergent Selection of Codon Usage Bias Across Prokaryotic Genomes – González-Serrano et al. – Journal of Molecular Evolution

Aqueous microdroplets enable abiotic synthesis and chain extension of unique peptide isomers from free amino acids – Holden et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Abiogenesis through gradual evolution of autocatalysis into template-based replication – Pavlinova et al. – FEBS Letters

A prebiotic basis for ATP as the universal energy currency – Pinna et al. – PLOS Biology


Experimental evidence for the correlation between RNA structural fluctuations and the frequency of beneficial mutations – Maeda et al. – RNA


An autonomous portable platform for universal chemical synthesis – Manzano et al. – Nature Chemistry

Planetary sciences

Reconstructing Earth’s atmospheric oxygenation history using machine learning – Chen et al. – Nature Communications

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

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