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Prebiotic metabolism gets a boost

It’s generally assumed that primitive forms of cellular life arose from nucleic acids and peptides compartmentalized within vesicles — all underpinned by a non-enzymatic protometabolism. Three studies now provide new insights into the ancient chemistry that may have supported early biology.

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Fig. 1: Potential protometabolic pathways.


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Fahrenbach, A.C., Tran, Q.P. Prebiotic metabolism gets a boost. Nat. Chem. 12, 982–985 (2020).

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