TITLE

Home and dry

AUTHOR(S)
Barras, Colin
PUB. DATE
April 2014
SOURCE
New Scientist;4/19/2014, Vol. 222 Issue 2965, p36
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the views of chemist Steven Benner on the origins of life. Contrary to the speculations of 19th-century naturalist Charles Darwin and others, Benner does not believe life began in water. He points out that water is corrosive and attacks organic molecules. In his view life probably started in a very hot environment similar to Death Valley in California, and in the presence of borates and formamide or some other organic solvent. Supporters of his theory include chemist Armen Mulkidjanian of Germany's University of Osnabrück.
ACCESSION #
95636318

 

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