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Life in the Universe

From the Miller Experiment to the Search for Life on other Worlds

Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Band 7

Joseph Seckbach, Julian Chela-Flores, Tobias Owen

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closetoStockholm,StanleyMillergavetheopeninglectureofaconferenceontheMol- ularEvolutionofLife. OnapictureItook,asaco-arrangeroftheseevents,Stanleyisseen approachinginhisusual,modestway,morefocussedonscienti?cdiscussionthanonthe camera. Last but not least, I shall tell you the true story about when we learned that Stanley isanenthusiasticenvironmentalist,inthebestsenseoftheword. About25yearsago,in Stockholm, Stanley, my wife and I strolled in the King's Garden. Its elmtrees were full 7 J. Seckbach et al. (eds. ), Life in the Universe,7-8. C 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 8 of young people who, some even spending nights in the trees, prevented the authorities from removing the elmtrees, by ax and saw. Also Stanley signed a petition to save the elmtrees-andtheyweresaved! Stanley, I believe that your greatness as a scientist and as a friend must be linked to the many facets of your wonderful personality. We much look forward to your lecture. THE BEGINNING OF CHEMICAL EVOLUTION EXPERIMENTS Recollections and Perspectives 1 2 3 S. L. MILLER , J. L. BADA , and A.


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Herausgeber Joseph Seckbach, Julian Chela-Flores, Tobias Owen, François Raulin
Seitenzahl 387
Erscheinungsdatum 21.03.2005
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4020-2371-2
Verlag Springer Netherland
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/16/3 cm
Gewicht 870 g
Auflage 2004

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  • Dedication Biodata of editors Preface by the editors Acknowledgements Group photograph and List of Attendees

    I. Opening

    Introduction to Life in the Universe; T. Johnson

    The Abdus Salam Lecture; H. Baltscheffsky

    The Beginning of Chemical Evolution Experiments; S. Miller, J.L. Bada and A. Lazcano

    An Overview of Cosmic Evolution; George V. Coyne

    Physical Phenomena underlying the Origin of Life; Juan Pérez-Mercader

    II. Where did the Chemical Elements Come From and When did Life Begin?

    The Origin of Biogenic Elements; F. Matteucci and C. Chiappini

    Thermochemistry of the Dark Age; D. Puy

    Searching for Oldest Life on Earth: A Progress Report; S. Moorbath and B.S. Kamber

    The European Exo/Astrobiology Network Association; Andre Brack

    III. Physical Constraints on the Origin of Life

    The Origin of Biomolecular Chirality Salam Hypothesis and The Role af Phase Transition in Amino Acids; W. Wang, N. Yao, Y. Chen and P. Lai

    A Mechanism for the Prebiotic Emergence of Proteins; H.P. De Vladar, R. Cipriani, B. Scharifker and J. Bubis

    Functional, Self-Referential Genetic Coding; R.C. Guimarães and C.H.C. Moreira

    Importance of Biased Synthesis in Chemical Evolution Studies; A. Negron-Mendoza, S. Ramos-Bernal and F.G. Mosqueira

    When Did Information First Appear in the Universe; J.G. Roederer

    IV. From the Miller Experiment to Chemical and Biological Evolution

    Prebiotic Organic Synthesis and the Emergence of Life; L. Delaye, A. Becerra, A.M. Velasco, S. Islas and A. Lazcano

    Origin and Evolution of Very Early Sequence Motifs in Enzymes; H. Baltscheffsky, B. Persson, A. Schultz, J.R. Pérez-Castiñeira and M. Baltscheffsky

    The Lipid World: From Catalytic and Informational Headgroups to Micelle Replication and Evolution without Nucleic Acids; A. Bar-Even, B. Shenhav, R. Kafri and D. Lancet

    Coenzymes in Evolution of the Rna World; M.S. Kritsky, T.A. Telegina, T.A. Lyudnikova and Yu.L. Zemskova

    The Role of Heat in the Origin of Life; P.R. Bahn, A. Pappelis and R. Grubbs

    A Possible Pathway for the Transfer of Chiral Bias from Extraterrestrial C_

    Tetrasubstituted _-Amino Acids to Proteinogenic Amino Acids; M. Crisma, A. Moretto, F. Formaggio, B. Kaptein, Q.B. Broxterman and C. Toniolo

    Prebiotic Polymerization of Amino Acids. A Makov Chain Approach; F.G. Mosqueira, S. Ramos-Bernal and A. Negron-Mendoza

    The Electrochemical Reduction of Co2 to Formate in Hydrothermal Sulfide Ore Deposit as a Novel Source of Organic Matter; M.G. Vladimirov, Yu.F. Ryzhkov, V.A. Alekseev, V.A. Bogdanovskaya, V.A. Otroshchenko and M.S. Kritsky

    Towards a Chronological Order of the Amino Acids; W.J.M.F. Collis

    Origin and Evolution of Metabolic Pathways; M. Brilli and R. Fani

    Conserved Oligopeptides in the Rubisco Large Chains; P.B. Vidyasagar, P. Shil and S. Thomas

    On The Question of Convergent Evolution in Biochemistry; A.A. Akindahunsi and J. Chela-Flores

    Diversity of Microbial Life on Earth and Beyond; J. Seckbach

    V. Alternative Scenarios for the Origin and Evolution of Life

    Mineral Surfaces as a Cradle of Primordial Genetic Material; E. Gallori, E. Biondi and M. Franchi

    Adsorption and Self-Organization of Small Molecules on Inorganic Surfaces; D.G. Fraser

    Studies on Copper Chromicyanide as Prebiotic Catalyst; Kamaluddin and S.R. Ali

    Phosphate Immobilization by Primitive Condensers; F. De Souza-Barros, M.B.M. Monte, A.C.P. Duarte, J.A.P. Bonapace, M.R.D. Amaral Jr., R.B. Levigard, Y.A. Ching-San Jr., C.S. Costa and A. Vieyra

    Adsorption and Catalysis of Nucleotide Hydrolysis by Pyrite in Media Simulating Primeval Aqueous Environments; A. Vieyra, A.C. Tessis, M. Pontes-Buarque, J.A.P. Bonapace, M. Monte, H.S. De Amorim and F. De Souza-Barros

    VI. Cosmological and Other Space Science Aspects of Astrobiology

    Dust and Planet Formation in the Early Universe; G. Vladilo

    Quasar Absorption-Line Systems and Astrobiology; G. Vladilo

    A New Search for Dyson Spheres in the Milky Way; D. Minniti, F. Capponi, A. Valcarce and J. Gallardo

    Space Weather and Space Climate; M. Messerotti

    VII. Planetary Exploration in our Solar System: The Interstellar Medium, Micro-Meteorites and Comets

    Spontaneous Generation of Amino Acid Structures in the Interstellar Medium; U.J. Meierhenrich

    Experimental Study of the Degradation of Complex Organic Molecules. Application to the Origin of Extended Sources in Cometary Atmospheres; N. Fray, Y. Benilan, H. Cottin, M.-C. Gazeau and F. Raulin

    Fate of Glycine During Collapse of Interstellar Clouds and Star Formation; S.K. Chakrabarti, S. Chakrabarti and K. Acharyya

    Formation of Simplest Bio-Molecules during Collapse of an Interstellar Cloud; K. Acharya, S. K. Chakrabarti and S. Chakrabarti

    Chemical Abundances of Cometary Meteoroids from Meteor Spectroscopy; J.M. Trigo-Rodríguez, J. Llorca and J. Oró

    VIII. Earth Analogues of Extraterrestrial Ecosystems

    Viable Halobacteria from Ancient Oceans; H. Stan-Lotter, C. Radax, S. Leuko, A. Legat, C. Gruber, M. Pfaffernhuemer, H. Wieland and G. Weidler

    Mars-Like Soils in the Yungay Area, the Driest Core of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile; R. Navarro-González, F.A. Rainey, P. Molina, D.R. Bagaley, B.J. Hollen, J. De La Rosa, A.M. Small, R.C. Quinn, F.J. Grunthaner, L. Cáceres, B. Gomez-Silva, A. Buch, R. Sternberg, P. Coll, F. Raulin and Ch.P. McKay

    The Discovery of Organics in Sub-Basement Fossil Soils Drilled in the North Pacific (Odp Leg 197): Their Model Formation and Implications for Astrobiology Research; R. Bonaccorsi and R.L. Mancinelli

    Silica-Carbonate Biomorphs and the Implications for Identification of Microfossils; A.M. Carnerup, S.T. Hyde, A-K. Larsson, A.G. Christy and J.M. Gracía-Ruiz

    Some Statistical Aspects Related to the Study of Treeline in Pico De Orizaba; L. Cruz

    Kuri, C.P. McKay and R. Navarro-Gonzalez

    IX. On the Question of Life on Mars and on the Early Earth

    The Beagle 2 Lander and the Search for Traces of Life on Mars; A. Brack, C.T. Pillinger and M.R. Sims

    Minimal Unit of Terraforming an Alternative for Remodelling Mars; H.O. Pensado Díaz

    Early Archaean Life; F. Westall

    Extraterrestrial Impacts on Earth and Extinction of Life in the Himalaya; V.C. Tewari

    Palaeobiology and Biosedimentology of the Stromatolitic Buxa Dolomite, Ranjit

    Window, Sikkim, Ne Lesser Himalaya, India; V.C. Tewari

    X. Searching for Extraterrestrial Life, Europa, Titan and Extrasolar Planets

    Searching for Extraterrestrial Life; T. Owen

    Search for Bacterial Waste as a Possible Signature of Life on Europa; A.B. Bhattacherjee and J. Chela-Flores

    Sulfate Volumes and the Fitness of Supcrt92 for Calculating Deep Ocean Chemistry; S. Vance, E. Shock and T. Spohn

    The Case for Life Existing Outside of our Biosphere; R.S. Gatta

    Application of Molecular Biology Techniques to Astrobiology; R.S. Gatta and J. Chela-Flores

    Titan; F. Raulin, J-P. Lebreton and T. Owen

    Chemical Characterization of Aerosols in Simulated Planetary Atmospheres; S.I. Ramirez, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, P. Coll and F. Raulin

    Observation, Modeling and Experimental Simulation: Understanding Titan’s

    Atmospheric Chemistry Using These Three Tools; J.-M. Bernard, P. Coll, C.D. Pintassilgo, Y. Benilan, A. Jolly, G. Cernogora and F. Raulin

    Exobiology of Titan; M. Simakov

    XI. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

    Seti-Italia; S. Montebugnoli, J. Monari, C. Bortolotti, A. Cattani, A. Maccaferri, M. Poloni, A. Orlati, S. Righini, S. Poppi, M. Roma, M. Teodorani, C. Maccone, C. B.

    Cosmovici and N. D’Amico

    Seti on the Moon; C. Maccone

    Proposing a United Nations Secretary General Seti International; Advisory Board: G. Picco, G. Genta, P. Galeotti and D. Noventa

    Some Engineering Considerations on the Controversial Issue of Humanoids; G. Genta

    XII. The Search for Evolution of Intelligent Behavior and Density of Life

    The New Universe, Destiny of Life, and the Cultural Implications; S.J. Dick

    Evolution of Intelligent Behavior; J. Chela-Flores

    Evolution of Language as Innate Mental Faculty; K.T. Shah

    How Advanced is Et? P. Musso

    XIII. Epistemological and Historical Aspects of Astrobiology

    Chance or Design in the Origin of Living Beings; R. Vicuña and A. Serani-Merlo

    Astrobiology and Biocentrism; R. Aretxaga

    Analysis of the Works of the German Naturalist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) on the Origin of Life; F. Raulin-Cerceau

    A Reexamination of Alfonso Herrera’s Sulfocyanic Theory on the Origin of Life ; E. Silva, L. Perezgasga, A. Lazcano and A. Negrón-Mendoza

    Determinism and the Proteinoid Theory; A. Pappelis and P.R. Bahn

    Glimpses of Trieste Conferences on Chemical Evolution and Origin of Life; M.S. Chadha

    List of Participants