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The Origin of Life

The Origin of Life

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Published by: frances leana capellan on Mar 22, 2009
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The Evolution of Life
Life from Non-LifeWhat We Know and NotWhy It’s Important
Early Theories and Breakthroughs
Spontaneous generation: Life can come fromnon-life
 –Maggots come from decaying meat; worms from hair;frogs, mice from slime, beetles from dung, etc.
Francesco Redi – found maggots don’t form onmeat in sealed jars, disproving spontaneousgenerationLeeuwenhoek (1675) – found the microscopiclife stages of insects; later he found bacteria,spermPasteur – explained the roles of pathogens incausing disease, microbes in fermentation
So How Did Life Begin?And why assume a common origin?
Out of many types of natural amino acids,only 20 are used by living things, all left-handedAll organisms use DNA and RNA for reproductionAll cells use ATP for energy

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