Protein

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When the universe was born, there wasn’t any carbon (and thereby carbon based life) until  the first stars forged it from lighter elements. So life emerged from a nonliving universe.

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Scientists who are betting their time, effort and career status to discover a natural explanation for the origin of life, are gradually winning.

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Betting on natural explanations gets  technologically fruitful and intellectually  blissful because it reveals useful physical and biological rules.

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Living things aren’t made of a different substance from inanimate things.

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The basic elements of chemistry are the same in organisms as in the earth’s crust and atmosphere.

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Many complex organic molecules associated with life are often found in asteroids, comets and deep space.
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Isn’t it amazing to know that a sort of cell membrane could form spontaneously from abiotic fatty acids and amino acids?

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Proteins (polymers of amino acids) are nitrogenous organic constituents of living cells.

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Abiotic membrane formation may help assemble   proteins(still considered  exclusively biotic) – from smaller building blocks.

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A protein’s biological function depends on its three-dimensional folded structures.

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