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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Nov;88:10014-7.

Two-dimensional life?

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1
The Rockefeller University, New York 10021, USA.
2
U CA, San Diego, Dept Chemistry

Abstract

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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11538487
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PMC52857
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