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Paper: The Radiowave Synthesis in the Droplets of a Thunderstorm Cloud as a Precursor of Photosynthesis
Volume: 420, Bioastronomy 2007: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life
Page: 187
Authors: Gusev, V. A.
Abstract: Oparins’s coacervate droplets (Oparin 1924) have long served as a prototype of primary microbial cells that appeared in the Earth 4 to 4.5 billion years ago. At present, this concept is only of historical value because its constructive principles were formulated in the 1920s in terms of classical thermodynamics. According to the modern views, the transformation of chaos into order and the appearance of complex molecular structures are possible only under conditions far from thermodynamic equilibrium. However, no new paradigm commensurable with Oparin’s idea of the natural origin of life has been formulated so far for these conditions, and the heuristic role of a coacervate droplet still remains attractive. This paper advances the hypothesis stating that low-molecular-weight organic compounds, precursors of living cell components, may be synthesized from inorganic oxides in the presence of alternating electromagnetic field as an energy source.
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