IMR Press / FBL / Volume 18 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.2741/4179

Frontiers in Bioscience-Landmark (FBL) is published by IMR Press from Volume 26 Issue 5 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Frontiers in Bioscience.


Materials for the onset. A story of necessity and chance

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1 Dipartimento di Agrobiologia ed Agrochimica , Universita della Tuscia, Via San Camillo De Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie, Charles Darwin, “Sapienza” Universita di Roma, P.leAldo Moro, 5, Rome 00185, Italy
4 Istituto di Biologia e e Patologia Molecolari, CNR, P.le Aldo Moro, 5, Rome 00185, Italy
5 Istituto Pasteur “Fondazione Cenci-Bolognetti”, Italy
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2013, 18(4), 1275–1289;
Published: 1 June 2013

We review the reactions that take place in the HCN/NH2COH/catalysts system. In a vision of origin-oflife as emergence of new properties in complexity, the effectiveness of HCN/NH2COH chemistry is so robust and variegate to look unreasonable. In a logic close to Occamian simplicity, this chemistry embodies necessity. The evolution of the necessary fruits of this chemistry towards organismic level entails Darwinism. The role of chance enters into the process as an answer to evolving environments.

Non-definition of life
Origin Of Coordinated Reactions
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