Primordial Ocean Chemistry and its Compatibility with the RNA World

Citation:
Kua, J, Bada JL.  2011.  Primordial Ocean Chemistry and its Compatibility with the RNA World. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 41:553-558.

Date Published:

Dec

Keywords:

atmosphere, Early ocean chemistry, origin, RNA stability, seawater, solubility

Abstract:

We examine the stability of three key components needed to establish an RNA World under a range of potential conditions present on the early earth. The stability of ribose, cytosine, and the phosphodiester bond are estimated at different pH values and temperatures by extrapolating available experimental data. The conditions we have chosen range from highly acidic or alkaline hydrothermal vents, to the milder conditions in a primordial ocean at a range of atmospheric CO2 partial pressures.

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DOI:

10.1007/s11084-011-9250-5