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Prof. Dr. Stephen Mann The Origins of Life: Old Problems, New Chemistries Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 3 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201204968

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Synthetic life: The origin of life on the early Earth, and the ex novo transition of non-living matter to artificial living systems are deep scientific challenges that provide a context for the development of new chemistries with unknown technological consequences. This Essay attempts to re-frame some of the epistemological difficulties associated with these questions into an integrative framework of proto-life science. Chemistry is at the heart of this endeavour.

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