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Orig Life Evol Biosph. 1997 Dec;27(5-6):485-503.

Mineral induced phosphorylation of glycolate ion--a metaphor in chemical evolution.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha 53141, USA.
U CA San Diego, La Jolla


Bilateral surface-active minerals with excess positive charge concentrate glycolate and trimetaphosphate ion from l0(-3) m aqueous solution to half-saturation of the internal surface sites, and induce phosphorylation of glycolate ion in the mineral with trimetaphosphate, sorbed from l0(-2) m solution. By utilizing reactants from dilute solution at near-neutral pH, and eliminating the need for participating organic nitrogen compounds, the reaction comprises several elements considered necessary for geochemical realism in models for molecular evolution.

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