Origins of Life Clues Revealed in Sugar Study

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    Jan 27, 2012 12:45 AM GMT
    A team led by Dr Paul Clarke in the Department of Chemistry at York have re-created a process which could have occurred in the prebiotic world.

    Working with colleagues at the University of Nottingham, they have made the first step towards showing how simple sugars – threose and erythrose – developed. The research is published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

    All biological molecules have an ability to exist as left-handed forms or right-handed forms. All sugars in biology are made up of the right-handed form of molecules and yet all the amino acids that make up the peptides and proteins are made up of the left-handed form.

    The researchers found using simple left-handed amino acids to catalyse the formation of sugars resulted in the production of predominately right-handed form of sugars. It could explain how carbohydrates originated and why the right-handed form dominates in nature.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/origin-of-life_n_1230631.html

    I'm not going to pretend like I understand what they're talking about, but it's great to see that we're getting a better idea of how life came to be from lifeless matter.
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    Jan 27, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    I understood that completely. It is saying that I'm a chocoholic because my greatgreatgreatgrandfather was a cube of sugar and so naturally I masterbate with my right hand. Thank God we've got that resolved, now I can finally stop asking myself those questions.
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Interesting. Truthfully I don't think we will ever figure out the true origins of life on earth, the mysteriousness of it is what makes it amazing.
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    mmm...candy
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    I totally read the title as "Origins of Life Clues Revealed in Sugar Daddy" icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI totally read the title as "Origins of Life Clues Revealed in Sugar Daddy" icon_lol.gif


    +1 MEEEEE TOOOOOOO. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jan 27, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidInteresting. Truthfully I don't think we will ever figure out the true origins of life on earth, the mysteriousness of it is what makes it amazing.


    I believe we will, but trying to imagine the process of such a discovery might be difficult.

    Imagine going back in time to the Eleventh Century and explaining molecular biology and genetics to a European peasant--apply the same analogy to yourself and someone from the Thirty-First Century concerning abiogenesis or cosmogenesis.

    The "why" question probably will never be answered as that is the realm of philosophy and spirituality.