|The search for life's origins : progress and future directions in planetary biology and chemical evolution
|National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Planetary Biology and Chemical Evolution ; Space Studies Board
|[S.l.] : National Academy Press, 1990
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|Includes bibliographical references and index
|Chemical evolution ; Life--Origin ; Space biology
|The field of planetary biology and chemical evolution draws together experts in astronomy, paleobiology, biochemistry, and space science who strive to understand the evolution of living systems. This field has made exciting discoveries that shed light on how organic compounds came together to form self-replicating molecules -the origin of life. "The search for life's origins" updates that progress and offers recommendations on research programs -including an ambitious effort centered on Mars- to advance the field over the next 10 to 15 years. A wide range of data and research results are discussed, covering topics such as the biogenic elements and their interaction in the interstellar clouds and in solar nebulae; early planetary environments and the conditions that lead to the origin of life; the evolution of cellular and multicellular life; and the search for life outside the solar system.