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Genesis - In The Beginning

Precursors of Life, Chemical Models and Early Biological Evolution

Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Band 22

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This book deals with the Origin of Life on Earth and planets, which is currently a very “hot” topic dealt with at several international meetings, conferences and workshops by various societies and groups. The current volume is number 22 of the “Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology” series (COLE) published by Springer. The contributors review new data in this field, following current studies from gene and molecular to macro levels. The extremophiles – microorganisms living at the edge of Life under very severe conditions (from our anthropocentric view point) - may point out possibilities of existing Life forms on other planets and satellites.  

In eight sections and fifty chapters, the seventy-five authors cover subjects such as chemical evolution, the function of geophysics in Life’s origin, the first steps of cellular evolution, Panspermia (the theory claiming that the source of Life is not from Earth but from Outer Space), possibility of extraterrestrial Life (Astrobiology), and the history of origin of Life on Earth and beyond.  

This up-to-date book complements volume 6 (Origin Genesis, Evolution and Diversity of Life (2004) in the COLE series (ISBN: 978-1-4020-1813-8) published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.  

Professor D. Deamer ends his Introduction with these words: Future progress in understanding the origin of life will involve simulations of prebiotic conditions that take this complexity into account. Some of the chapters in this book focus on specific aspects of the chemical and physical processes that would be involved in life's origins, while others incorporate increments in complexity such as mineral surfaces and compartments. In a sense, each chapter represents a piece of a puzzle, and readers who take the time to read all the chapters may see unexpected patterns emerge that will give clues to solving the puzzle. 

The primary audience for this book are general biologists, geologists, geneticists, astrobiologists and astrophysicists, and advance undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and teachers in those fields.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Joseph Seckbach
Seitenzahl 934
Erscheinungsdatum 23.08.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-94-017-7939-5
Verlag Springer Netherland
Maße (L/B) 23,5/15,5 cm
Gewicht 1964 g
Auflage Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2012

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  • PRELIMINARY SECTION

    Pathways to “Genesis - In the Beginning: Precursors of Life, Chemical Models and Early Biological Evolution”; Joseph Seckbach

    Introduction to Genesis - In  The Beginning; David W. Deamer

    Foreword; Steven A. Benner

    Origins of Life - Keeping Options Open; Alan W. Schwartz

    PART 1. CHEMICAL EVOLUTION

    The Prebiotic Chemistry of Alternative Nucleic Acids; H. James Cleaves II, Jeffrey Bada

    Cooptive Evolution of Prebiotic Chemical Networks; Chrisantha Fernando, Vera Vasas

    Origin and Evolution of Self-Replicating Polymers on Mineral Habitats;  Enzo Gallori, Sergio Branciamore

    Mathematical Models of Prebiotic Replication: A Primer for Experimentalists; Kelly Harris, Irene A. Chen

    Life without Carbon; Rob Hengeveld

    [GADV]-Protein World Hypothesis on the Origin of Life; Kenji Ikehara

    Reality of the Emergence of Life-Like Systems from Simple Prebiotic Polymers on Primitive Earth; Kunio Kawamura

    The Photobiological Regime in the Very Early Earth and the Emergence of Life; Osmel Martin, Rolando Cardenas, Liuba Peñate, J.E. Horvath

    Prebiotic Formation of Peptides: A Markov Chain Approach; F.G Mosqueira, A. Negrón-Mendoza, S. Ramos-Bernal, C. Polanco

    Atomic Structural Templates of the Earliest Life on Earth: Vibration and Lightning Experiments with Quartz and Amino Acids; M Pawlikowski

    Chemical Evolution in Open Space: A Link to the Origin of ; Michael Simakov

    The Prebiotic Chemistry of Nitrogen and the Origin of Life; David Summers

    PART 2. THE ROLE OF PHYSICS AND GEOPHYSICS IN THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF LIFE

    Moving ‘Far from Equilibrium’ in a Prebiotic Environment: The Role of Maxwell’s Demon in Life Origin; David L. Abel

    Life from Interface; Katsuhiko Ariga,; Gary J. Richards, and Jonathan P.Hill

    Breaking the Paradigm: The Pattern of Life; Tom Barbalet

    Cyberbiogenesis and the EvoGrid: a 21st Century Grand Challenge; Bruce Damer, Peter Newman, Ryan Norkus, Richard Gordon and Tom Barbalet

    Constructive Approaches for the Origin of Life; Norikazu Ichihashi, Tomoaki Matsuura, Hiroshi Kita; Takeshi Sunami, Hiroaki Suzuki, and Tetsuya Yomo

    Origin of Life by Thermodynamic Inversion: A Universal Process; Vladimir Kompanichenko

    Life Explained by Heat Engines; Anthonie W.J. Muller

    Computational Simulations of Prebiotic Processes; Albert Rimola, Mariona Sodupe and Piero Ugliengo

    The Cometary Hydrosphere; Robert B.Sheldon

    In Situ, High Spatial Resolution Techniques in the Search for the Origin of Life; David Wacey

    PART 3. THE ROLE OF SYMMETRY, INFORMATION AND ORDER IN THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

    Disorder to Order, Non-Life to Life. In the Beginning There Was a Mistake; Ernesto Di Mauro, Keith A. Dunker and Eward N. Trifonov

    The Role of Information and Order in the Origin of Life; B. Roy Frieden and Robert A. Gatenby

    The Origin of First Peptides on Earth – From Amino Acids to Homochiral Biomolecules; Thomas Jakschitz, Daniel Fitz and Bernd Michael Rode

    Chemical Models for the Origin of Biological Homochirality; Martin Klußmann

    Absolute Asymmetric Reactions and the Origin of Biological Chirality; Gábor Lente

    Energy-Driven Evolution of Prebiotic Chiral Order (Lessons from Dynamic Systems Modelling); Radu Pop and Vily M. Cimpoiasu

    PART 4. PANSPERMIA

    Recurrent Dreams of Life in Meteorites; Richard Gordon and Jesse McNichol

    Are We from Outer Space? A Critical Review of the Panspermia Hypothesis; Jesse McNichol and Richard Gordon

    Origin of Life and Panspermia; Chandra Wickramasinghe

    PART 5. THE FIRST STEPS OF CELLULAR EVOLUTION

    The Dimeric Proto-Ribosome Within the Modern Ribosome; Ilana Agmon

    Oceanic Arginine Translator: The Origin of Life and Early Evolution of the Genetic Code; Robert W.Griffith

    Tidal Cycling and the Origin of the Genetic Code: Implications for Cellular Life; Richard Lathe

    Heterotrophic Model  Protocells; Sheref S. Mansy and Cristina Del Bianco

    A Symbiogenic Way in the Origin of Life; Luisa Pereira, Telma Rodrigues and Francisco Carrapiço

    Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Tree of Life; Jan Sapp

    On the Vesicular Origin of the Cell Cycle; Saša Svetina

    Hypothesized Micro-Environments for the Origin of Microbial Life on Earth; Jack T. Trevors, Asim K. Bej and Jan Dirk van Elsas

    PART 6. THE DISTRIBUTION OF LIFE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND ELSEWHERE IN THE COSMOS

    What can Life on Earth Tell Us about Life in the Universe? Charles H. Lineweaver and Aditya Chopra

    Potential for Life in the Saturn System; Francois Raulin

    Energy Sources for, and Detectability of, Life on Extrasolar Planets; John A. Raven, Charles S. Cockell and Lisa Kaltenegger

    Environments Habitable by Extremophiles on Earth, the Solar System and Elsewhere; Joseph Seckbach and Julian Chela-Flores

    PART 7. HISTORY AND FRONTIERS OF ASTROBIOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES

    Cultural Implications of the Search and Eventual Discovery of a Second Genesis; Roberto Artxaga Burgos and Julian Chela-Flores

    The Concept of Chemical Evolution before Oparin; Florence Raulin Cerceau

    A History of Origin of Life Ideas from Darwin to NASA; James E.Strick