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Mist and replication

The transition from chemistry to evolvable molecular systems is at the core of origins of life studies. Now, the acidic dew–liquid water dynamic cycling inside simulated Hadean rock pores is found to possibly provide a confined environment for strand separation, replication, mutation, and the evolution of nucleic acids.

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Fig. 1: Differentially heated simulated rock pores create a prebiotic thermocycler.


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Rajamani, S., Biondi, E. Mist and replication. Nat. Phys. 18, 480–481 (2022).

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