Chemical Evolution: Structure and Model of the First Cell: Conference on the Structure and Model of the First Cell (ICTP) held in Trieste, Italy, 29 August-2 September 1994 / Edition 1

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Chemical Evolution: Structure and Model of the First Cell is a timely, up to date review and evaluation of the recent rapid evolution of theoretical and empirical knowledge in the vast, interdisciplinary study of the origins of life. With 35 contributions authored by 95 of the foremost scientists, it discusses many aspects of the origin of the first cell: exobiology in the solar system and beyond; the early paleontological record; physical, chemical, biological and informational aspects of the origin and structure of the membrane and the cell itself. The publication of the book commemorates the centenary of Alexander Oparin.
Audience: Graduate students and researchers in the areas of basic, earth and life sciences who contribute to the study of chemical evolution and the origin of life.

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Attempts to throw light on the first appearance of a biological structure by tracing life forms backward as far as possible and recreating purely chemical processes that might have led to it. After overviewing the field and the question, the 40 papers cover membrane formation in planetary, extraterrestrial, and interstellar conditions; the early paleontological record; and physical, chemical, biological, and information aspects to the beginning of both membrane and cells. Reproduced from typescripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792335627
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/31/1995
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Foreword. Section 1: General Overview. Section 2: Membrane Formation in Planetary, Extraterrestrial and Interstellar Conditions. Section 3: Beginnings of Cellular Organization: The Early Palaeontological Period. Section 4: Physical Aspects in the Evolution of the Membrane. Section 5: Origin and Structure of the Membrane: Chemical Aspects. Section 6: Origin and Structure of the Membrane: Biological Aspects. Section 7: Informational Aspects in the Evolution of the Membrane. Section 8: Origin and Structure of the Cell: Physical Aspects. Section 9: Origin and Structure of the Cell: Chemical Aspects. Section 10: Origin and Structure of the Cell: Biological Aspects. Section 11: Origin and Structure of the Cell: Miscellaneous Topics.

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