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Prebiotic chemistry

Replicating towards complexity

Nature Chemistry volume 7, pages 191192 (2015) | Download Citation

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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