Saturday, February 18, 2006

Origins of Life Day

Over at The Atheist Mama, Cassandra has brought to our attention that it is another day for the celebration of science. ORIGINS OF LIFE DAY. She has a link to Aleksandr Oparin who was a Russian biologist and biochemist, who has been acclaimed as one of the greatest authorities on the origin of life.

Oparin outlined a way in which basic organic chemicals might form into microscopic localized systems - possible precursors of cells - from which primitive living things could develop. He cited the work done by de Jong on coacervates and other experimental studies, including his own, into organic chemicals which, in solution, may spontaneously form droplets and layers. Oparin suggested that different types of coacervates might have formed in the Earth's primordial ocean and, subsequently, been subject to a selection process leading eventually to life.

Link: Modern Origins of Life Reference links

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