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Bausteine der Erbsubstanz könnten in hydrothermalen Gesteinsporen entstanden sein
New Findings on the Origin of Life
Jülich, 14 April 2016 – Jülich researchers have provided an indication of how a central component of genomes could have originated on Earth aeons ago. With the aid of numerical calculations, they showed that high accumulations of the organic molecule formamide can occur in hydrothermal rock pores. This may lead to the spontaneous formation of nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA and RNA. In primeval times, the necessary conditions were probably widespread in shallow bodies of water.
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SOMATAI Conference 2016
The FP 7 Marie Skłodowska Curie Initial Training Network SOMATAI is organizing a four-day conference on the topic of Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces. The scientific focus is on the properties of soft matter at interfaces between an aqueous phase and a solid, liquid or gaseous second phase. Such interfaces are both scientifically compelling and highly relevant to many products, e. g. food, cosmetics, paints etc. as well as processes such as washing, coating, and water purification.
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Within the JARA research alliance, the JARA-SOFT group undertakes multi-disciplinary soft matter research to address current open questions in material sciences and biophysics. More: JARA-SOFT …