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Chemists May Have Found the ‘Missing Link’ to the First Life on Earth

The search for the ancient chemical origins of life has a new candidate — a multitasking enzyme that may have set the evolutionary ball rolling.

Left to right: Subhendu Bhowmik, Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy, Clémentine Gibard, Kim, Eun-Kyong, Megha Karki | Scripps Research Institute
Phosphorylation of the three classes of prebiological molecules produces the corresponding higher-order structures, oligonucleotides, peptides, and vesicles. | Scirpps Research Institute