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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Nov 15, 1991; 88(22): 10014–10017.

Two-dimensional life?


A model [Wächtershäuser, G. (1988) Microbiol. Rev. 52, 452-484], according to which life started in the form of a monomolecular layer of interacting anionic metabolites electrostatically bound to a positively charged surface, is examined critically. The model raises a number of thermodynamic and kinetic difficulties.

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