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Life Science

Lecturer:
Christian Mayer, Institute for Physical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen

Place:
Haus der Astronomie, Auditorium, Königstuhl 17

Host:
HIFOL Origins of Life

Description:
Abstract: Has life evolved from peptide-vesicle systems? We propose a scenario inside tectonic fault zones in the Earth's crust where vesicles together with peptides undergo a periodic self-optimizing process finally leading to functional vesicles. Formed in a remarkably stable and undisturbed environment, these vesicles can travel to the planetary surface and serve as a perfect structural basis for protocells. The described evolution process is presently reproduced in a controlled experiment.

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