Special Issue "Feature Paper"
A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2012)
Prof. Dr. Helga Stan-Lotter
Division of Molecular Biology, Department of Microbiology, University of Salzburg, Billrothstrasse 11, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
Phone: +43 662 8044 7233
Fax: +43 662 8044 7209
Interests: extremophilic microorganism; archaea; halobacteria; desiccation; microbial longevity; subsurface environments; salt sediments; extraterrestrial halite; life detection methods
Prof. Dr. Antonio Bianconi
Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Fisica, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 06 49914405
Fax: +39 06 4957697
Interests: synchrotron radiation research; protein fluctuations; active sites of metalloproteins; origin of life; selected molecules in prebiotic world; quantum phenomena in complex matter; quantum confinement; superstripes in complex matter; lattice complexity in transition metal oxides; high Tc superconductors; valence fluctuation materials
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Concept Paper: “In Space” or “As Space”?: A New Model
Life 2012, 2(3), 243-254; doi:10.3390/life2030243
Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 13 August 2012 / Accepted: 17 August 2012 / Published: 31 August 2012| Download PDF Full-text (288 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Life 2012, 2(4), 313-322; doi:10.3390/life2040313
Received: 6 August 2012; in revised form: 29 September 2012 / Accepted: 2 November 2012 / Published: 7 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (201 KB) | Download XML Full-text
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: The Rise of Complexity: Do the Pavilion Lake Microbialites Suggest a Way to Build a Temperate Zone Microbial Community Ecosystem?
Authors: Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Darlene Lim, Bernard Laval, Louis Irwin, Carol Turse, Marina Resendes de Sousa António, Olivia Chan, Stephen B. Pointing and Donnie Reid
Affiliation: Washington State University, Webster Hall 1148, Pullman, WA 99164, USA; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: A distinctive assemblage of freshwater calcite microbialites was studied at Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada, through standard microbial methods, morphological observations, phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis, DNA sequencing, and the identification of quorum sensing molecules. Our results suggest that the microbialites may represent a transitional form from the exclusively prokaryotic colonial precursors of the stromatolites to the multicellular organismic aggregates that give rise to coral reefs. The microbialites of Pavilion Lake may represent a prototypical stage in the evolution of complexity on Earth and Mars. Pavilion Lake microbialites have formed at cool to cold temperatures (generally between 0 and 10oC) and are thus more compatible to the formation of analogous microbialites on other worlds at colder temperatures, which characterize most of the other planetary bodies of our Solar System.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: The Chemical Origin of Behavior is Rooted in Abiogenesis
Authors: Brian C. Larson, Robert Jensen and Niles Lehman
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, Portland State University / P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207, USA; E-Mails: email@example.com (B. L.); firstname.lastname@example.org (R. J.); email@example.com (N. L)
Abstract: We describe the initial realization of behavior in the biosphere, which we term behavioral chemistry. If molecules are complex enough to attain a stochastic element to their structural conformation in such as way as to radically affect their function in a biological (evolvable) setting, then they have the capacity to behave. This circumstance is described here as behavioral chemistry unique in its definition from the colloquial chemical behavior. This transition between chemical behavior and behavioral chemistry need be explicit when discussing the root cause of behavior, which itself lies squarely at the origins of life, and is the foundation of choice. RNA polymers of sufficient length meet the criteria for behavioral chemistry and therefore are capable of making a choice.
Last update: 10 October 2012