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This is the second of a divided two-part softcover edition of the "Lectures in Astrobiology Volume I" containing the sections "General Introduction", "From Prebiotic Chemistry to the Origin of Life on Earth" and "Appendices" including an extensive glossary on Astrobiology.
"Lectures in Astrobiology" is the first comprehensive textbook at graduate level encompassing all aspects of the emerging field of astrobiology. Volume I of the Lectures in Astrobiology gathers a first set of extensive lectures that cover a broad range of topics, from the formation of solar systems to the quest for the most primitive life forms that emerged on the Early Earth.
Introduction.- Laboratory Simulation of Prebiotic Chemistry.- The Role of Chirality.- The Role of Membranes.- Peptides and Amino Acids.- The ARN World.- Ribozymes.- The Origin of Metabolism.- Extremophiles.- Origin and Nature of Nyperthemophiles.- Mineral Biosignatures.- Molecular Biomarkers.- Biosignatures in Icy Regions.- Genetric Code and Evolution.- Philogenie.- Hydrothermal Sources.