Astrobiology Journal Club

Our Astrobiology Journal Club happens regularly. We discuss recent papers of interest to members of the Origins Institute.

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These are the papers we have been discussing over the 2018-19 Academic Year.


Radar evidence of subglacial liquid water on Mars

Orosei et al (2018) Science


On the origins of oxygenic photosynthesis and aerobic respiration in Cyanobacteria

Soo et al (2017) Science


Paley’s watchmaker analogy and prebiotic synthetic chemistry in surfactant assemblies. Formaldehyde scavenging by pyrroles leading to porphyrins as a case study

Alexy et al Org Biomol Chem (2015)


Non-enzymatic Polymerization into long linear RNA templated by liquid crystal self-assembly

Todisco et al (2018) ACS Nano


Native iron reduces CO2 to intermediates and end-products of the acetyl-CoA pathway.

Varma et al (2018) Nature Ecol and Evol


Mineral surfaces select for longer RNA molecules

Mizuuchi et al (2019) Chem Comm


Spontaneous advent of genetic diversity in RNA populations through multiple recombination mechanisms

Smail et al (2019) RNA


Metabolic Processes Preserved as Biosignatures in Iron-Oxidizing Microorganisms: Implications for Biosignature Detection on Mars

Merrill Floyd et al. (2019) Astrobiology


The terrestrial late veneer from core disruption of a lunar-sized impactor

Genda et al (2017) Earth and Planetary Sci Lett