Origins of Life

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Origins of Life

Post by mdlsfreak » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:29 am

Hi all.

I have a paper due soon in my Zoology class.

I want to write it on the origins of life.

Can anyone direct me to some good online sources or discuss the matter with me in this thread? Feel free to say as much as you like.

Much appreciation.

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Post by MrMistery » Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:43 am

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Post by AstusAleator » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:12 pm

There are hundreds of pages of discussion about this very subject (although sadly most of them turn into creation/ID debates) in the Evolution and Darwinism portion of the forum.
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Post by smellor » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:15 pm

it seems to me the origin of life, assuming you are speaking of the genesis of primitive forms of life like prokaryotes, is a much contested subject with very little real proof. which is why discussions usually end up in creationism debate, in the end it really just comes down to what you believe.
There are theories but how can we ever really prove anything?

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Post by mith » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:28 pm

Self assembling structures is probably what you would need to investigate.
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Post by woolleyy » Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:08 am

Yup, have you read George Church's paper about pushing self assembly of a cell?

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Post by smellor » Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:46 pm

what journal/year/volume etc? sounds like an interesting read.

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Post by Lucanus cervus » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:28 pm

I could recommend this one:

Life Evolving: Molecules, Mind, and Meaning by Christian De Duve(2002) ISBN 0195156056

Christian De Duve is Beglian internationally acclaimed cytologist and biochemist, he discovered peroxisomes and lysosomes, cell organelles. He was awarded the shared Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

His later years have been mostly devoted to origin of life studies: His work has contributed to the emerging consensus that the endosymbiotic theory is correct.

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