‌The Problem of DNA/RNA Based Life

Hooman Zare, Physics and Mathematics Undergraduate Student, Sharif University of Technology

There are currently two competing hypothesis for the site at which an RNA world emerged: hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean and warm little ponds. Because the former lacks wet and dry cycles, which are well-known to promote polymerization (in this case, of nucleotides into RNA), we construct a comprehensive model for the origin of RNA in the latter.

Date: October 11, 2020