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Recent advances in chemical evolution and the origins of lifeConsideration is given to the ideas of Oparin and Haldane who independently suggested more than 60 years ago that the first forms of life were anaerobic, heterotrophic bacteria that emerged as the result of a long period of chemical abiotic synthesis of organic compounds. It is suggested that at least some requirements for life are met in the Galaxy due to the cosmic abundance of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and other biogenic elements; the existence of extraterrestrial organic compounds; and the processes of stellar and interstellar planetary formation.
Document ID
19920069224
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Oro, John (Houston, University TX, United States)
Lazcano, Antonio (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Coyoacan, Mexico)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: Acta Astronautica
Volume: 26
Issue: 4-Mar
ISSN: 0094-5765
Subject Category
SPACE BIOLOGY
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 90-590
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-44-005-002
Distribution Limits
Public
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