abiogenesis

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Synonyms for abiogenesis

a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter

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"The Dawn of Life on Earth Gallery will be an interactive space and engrossing experience, using cutting-edge technology to tell the story of how life began on Earth," says Jean-Bernard Caron, ROM curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology.
Though his team have yet to replicate the process in the laboratory, he is optimistic that scientists will eventually be able to assemble a living cell from a parts list, and thereby achieve a better understanding of how life began.
They say their efforts could spawn insights into natural life, how life began on Earth and even life as we haven't yet known it.
Moreover, scientists trying to understand how life began now look to catalytic RNA molecules, or ribozymes, as likely biochemical ancestors that evolved into the DNA-RNA-protein progression of modern cells (SN: 6/17/89, p.
In answering the question of how life began, biologists can offer only plausible stories.
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