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Prebiotic chemistry

Replicating towards complexity

Replication of long nucleic acid sequences was required for the evolution of biological complexity during the origin of life; however, short sequences are normally better replicators than long ones. A common physical environment now provides a simple mechanism to reverse this trend and enables long sequences to flourish.

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Figure 1: Survival of the longest.

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Chen, I. Replicating towards complexity. Nature Chem 7, 191–192 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2188

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