Protocells in deep sea hydrothermal vents: another piece of the origin of


Fascinating. It turns out the kinds of complex mixtures of molecules that are produced by nonbiological chemical reactions, which many people have traditionally argued constitute a hinderance to the origin of life (because living organisms as we know them are usually made of just one type of phospholipid), instead facilitates the formation of stable vesicles under conditions previously thought to be off-limits.

Unfortunately the paper is paywalled and I can’t find a free version atm.


This looks intriguing, but I can only get the article through ILL. I can pass it on when I do, though.

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I’d appreciate that, thank you.