A new way to make simple organic bubbles could provide fresh clues about how biological cells formed spontaneously on early Earth – and help efforts to generate synthetic life.
Protocells, the ancient ancestors of life today, may have been little more than simple, spherical compartments, enclosed by membranes and containing water and the molecules of life. But how these compartments – or “vesicles” – came about is a mystery.
It is the ultimate “chicken and egg paradox”, says Neal Devaraj at the University of …
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