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Int J Mol Sci. 2009 Mar 27;10(4):1419-29. doi: 10.3390/ijms10041419.

Molecules, water, and radiant energy: new clues for the origin of life.

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  • 1Department of Bioengineering, Box 355061, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. ghp@u.washington.edu

Abstract

We here examine the putative first step in the origin of life: the coalescence of dispersed molecules into a more condensed, organized state. Fresh evidence implies that the driving energy for this coalescence may come in a manner more direct than previously thought. The sun's radiant energy separates charge in water, and this free charge demonstrably induces condensation. This condensation mechanism puts water as a central protagonist in life rather than as an incidental participant, and thereby helps explain why life requires water.

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Colloids; exclusion zones; gels; life; origin; radiant energy; unstirredlayer.11; water

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PMC2680624
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