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Thermal Proteins in the First Life and in the “Mind-Body” Problem

  • Sidney W. Fox

Abstract

Our general understanding is that biological information first arose in pre-biological molecules. The two kinds of macromolecule that are suitable candidates for initial bioinformation are nucleic acids and proteins, since these are the informational molecules of present-day biological systems. A logical case with some qualifications can be made a priori for each of these types of macromolecule as the original source of information (Schmitt, 1962; Lehninger, 1975). It is nevertheless true that special difficulties arise when one seeks to understand how either DNA or RNA could originally have served not only as a source of information but also as processing agents for that information, e.g., to synthesize nucleic acids and proteins, and cellular systems with or without template. Also, no one has explained satisfactorily by experiment how DNA or RNA could have arisen without prior protein (Fox, 1988, Waldrop, 1989).

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Central Dogma Artificial Neuron Pyroglutamic Acid Polymerization Initiator Polyamino Acid 
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