|Title:||The molecular origins of life : assembling pieces of the puzzle|
|Authors:||Andre Brack, Editor|
|Publisher:||Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-521-56475-5|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Life--Origin ; Molecular evolution--Congresses|
The origin of life was an event probably unique in the Earth's history, and reconstructing this event is like assembling a puzzle made up of many pieces. These pieces are composed of information acquired from many different disciplines. The aim of this book is to integrate the most recent discoveries in astronomy, planetology, paleontology, biology, and chemistry and to use this knowledge to present plausible scenarios that give us a better understanding of the likely origin of life on Earth. Twenty-two top experts contribute chapters that discuss everything from the environment and atmosphere of the early Earth, through the appearance of organic molecules in the prebiotic environment, to primitive chiral chemical systems capable of self-replication and evolution by mutation. The book also discusses various clues to the origin of life that can be obtained by a study of the past and present microbial world, as well as from the planet Mars and Saturn's moon Titan.
Chemists, biologists, earth scientists, and astronomers will find this book presents a thought-provoking summary of our current state of knowledge of this extraordinary event.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|007381||QH325.M68 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Available|