Origin Of Life: Chemistry Of Seabed’s Hot Vents Could Explain Emergence Of Life
(Click to enlarge) Black smoker at a mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal vent.
(Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP); NOAA; Photographer P. Rona)
Hot vents on the seabed could have spontaneously produced the organic molecules necessary for life, according to new research by UCL chemists.
(From ScienceDaily)– The study shows how the surfaces of mineral particles inside hydrothermal vents have similar chemical properties to enzymes, the biological molecules that govern chemical reactions in living organisms. This means that vents are able to create simple carbon-based molecules, such as methanol and formic acid, out of the dissolved CO2 in the water. Read the full story »