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Did Solid Surfaces Enable the Origin of Life?

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Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, 0318 Oslo, Norway
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, 0315 Oslo, Norway
Academic Editors: Michele Fiore, Emiliano Altamura, Addy Pross and David A. Baum
Life 2021, 11(8), 795;
Received: 24 May 2021 / Revised: 26 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 5 August 2021
In this perspective article, I discuss whether and how solid surfaces could have played a key role in the formation of membranous primitive cells on the early Earth. I argue why surface energy could have been used by prebiotic amphiphile assemblies for unique morphological transformations, and present recent experimental findings showing the surface-dependent formation and behavior of sophisticated lipid membrane structures. Finally, I discuss the possible unique contributions of such surface-adhered architectures to the transition from prebiotic matter to living systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: protocell; compartment; solid interface; lipid; origin of life protocell; compartment; solid interface; lipid; origin of life
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