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  1. Proton Gradients at the Origin of Life.Nick Lane - 2017 - Bioessays 39 (6):1600217.
    Chemiosmotic coupling − the harnessing of electrochemical ion gradients across membranes to drive metabolism − is as universally conserved as the genetic code. As argued previously in these pages, such deep conservation suggests that ion gradients arose early in evolution, and might have played a role in the origin of life. Alkaline hydrothermal vents harbour pH gradients of similar polarity and magnitude to those employed by modern cells, one of many properties that make them attractive models for life's origin. Their (...)
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  • Sex is Not a Solution for Reproduction: The Libertine Bubble Theory.Thierry Lodé - 2011 - Bioessays 33 (6):419-422.
  • Evolution in Biological and Non-Biological Systems: The Origins of Life.Isaac Salazar-Ciudad - 2013 - Biological Theory 7 (1):26-37.
    A replicator is simply something that makes copies of itself. There are hypothetical replicators (e.g., self-catalyzing chemical cycles) that are suspected to be unable to exhibit heritable variation. Variation in any of their constituent molecules would not lead them to produce offspring with those new variant molecules. Copying, such as in DNA replication or in xerox machines, allows any sequence to be remade and then sequence variations to be inherited. This distinction has been used against non-RNA-world hypotheses: without RNA replication (...)
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  • Frankenstein or a Submarine Alkaline Vent: Who is Responsible for Abiogenesis?Elbert Branscomb & Michael J. Russell - 2018 - Bioessays 40 (8):1700182.
  • Frankenstein or a Submarine Alkaline Vent: Who Is Responsible for Abiogenesis?Elbert Branscomb & Michael J. Russell - 2018 - Bioessays 40 (7):1700179.
  • The Mark of Metabolism: Another Nail in the Coffin of Nucleic-Acids-First in the Origin of Life?Andrew Moore - 2014 - Bioessays 36 (3):221-222.
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  • Major Problems in Evolutionary Transitions: How a Metabolic Perspective Can Enrich Our Understanding of Macroevolution.Maureen A. O’Malley & Russell Powell - 2016 - Biology and Philosophy 31 (2):159-189.
    The model of major transitions in evolution devised by Maynard Smith and Szathmáry has exerted tremendous influence over evolutionary theorists. Although MTE has been criticized for inconsistently combining different types of event, its ongoing appeal lies in depicting hierarchical increases in complexity by means of evolutionary transitions in individuality. In this paper, we consider the implications of major evolutionary events overlooked by MTE and its ETI-oriented successors, specifically the biological oxygenation of Earth, and the acquisitions of mitochondria and plastids. By (...)
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  • Life Defined.Andrew Moore - 2012 - Bioessays 34 (4):253-254.
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