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From geochemistry and biochemistry to prebiotic evolution... we necessarily enter into Gánti's fluid automata
Hoenigsberg, H. F.
Afiliação
  • Hoenigsberg, H. F; Universidad Manuel Beltrán. Instituto de Genética Evolutiva y Biología Molecular. Bogotá. CO
Genet. mol. res. (Online) ; 6(2): 358-373, 2007. ilus
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: lil-482033
Biblioteca responsável: BR1.1
ABSTRACT
The present study is just an overview of the opening of the geochemical stage for the appearance of life. But that opening would not have been sufficient for the intellectual discovery of the origin of life! The excellent works and many commendable efforts that advance this explanation have not shown the fundamental elements that participate in the theoretical frame of biological evolution. The latter imply the existence of evolutionary transitions and the production of new levels of organization. In this brief analysis we do not intend to introduce the audience to the philosophy of biology. But we do expect to provide a modest overview, in which the geochemical chemolithoautotrophic opening of the stage should be seen, at most, as the initial metabolism that enabled organic compounds to follow the road where a chemical fluid machinery was thus able to undertake the more [quot ]sublime[quot ] course of organic biological evolution. We think that Tibor Gánti's chemoton is the most significant contribution to theoretical biology, and the only course now available to comprehend the unit of evolution problem without the structuralist and functionalist conflict prevalent in theoretical biology. In our opinion Gánti's chemoton theory travels to the [quot ]locus[quot ] where evolutionary theory dares to extend itself to entities at many levels of structural organization, beyond the gene or the group above. Therefore, in this and subsequent papers on the prebiotic conditions for the eventual appearance of the genetic code, we explore the formation and the presence of metal sulfide minerals, from the assembly of metal sulfide clusters through the precipitation of nanocrystals and the further reactions resulting in bulk metal sulfide phases. We endeavor to characterize pristine reactions and the modern surfaces, utilizing traditional surface science techniques and computational methods. Moreover, mechanistic details of the overall...
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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: LILACS Assunto principal: Bioquímica / Química / Origem da Vida Idioma: Inglês Revista: Genet. mol. res. (Online) Assunto da revista: Biologia Molecular / Genética Ano de publicação: 2007 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: Colômbia Instituição/País de afiliação: Universidad Manuel Beltrán/CO

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: LILACS Assunto principal: Bioquímica / Química / Origem da Vida Idioma: Inglês Revista: Genet. mol. res. (Online) Assunto da revista: Biologia Molecular / Genética Ano de publicação: 2007 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: Colômbia Instituição/País de afiliação: Universidad Manuel Beltrán/CO
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