Scientists Recreate Primordial Soup of Early Creation
- 17.08.2016, 20:30,
- Society » Society. Main
Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute who are longing for the simpler times of four billion years ago claim to have recreated the early conditions that triggered life on earth. In the lab. They're playing No Man's Sky for real.
The TSRI says it's quite near to perfecting the "RNA World" of the early earth, synthesising a ribozyme that can clone its own RNA in the proper fashion; which is sort of how people think early forms of complex life first appeared.
It's all a bit baffling, to be honest, but seems to revolve around polymerase ribozyme 24-3; a thing that can manage both RNA synthesis and RNA replication, and is able to copy the RNAs of some two dozen nucleotides and, eventually, reach the key exponential replication level. Which is or might be how it works.