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Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules
- Mizuuchi, Ryo, Blokhuis, Alex, Vincent, Lena, Nghe, Philippe, Lehman, Niles, Baum, David
- Chemical communications 2019 v.55 no.14 pp. 2090-2093
- chemical communication, chemical reactions, minerals, polymers, prebiotics, ribozymes, temperature
- We report empirically and theoretically that multiple prebiotic minerals can selectively accumulate longer RNAs, with selectivity enhanced at higher temperatures. We further demonstrate that surfaces can be combined with a catalytic RNA to form longer RNA polymers, supporting the potential of minerals to develop genetic information on the early Earth.