New study reveals common table salt may have been crucial for the origins of life

It remains unknown how life began on Earth. It is believed that simple molecules in the early environment became complexified by the input of ambient energy. Yi Ruiqin and Albert Fahrenbach of the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, found that compounds useful for the synthesis of RNA are produced with the help of sodium chloride – table salt. This work may provide insight on how RNA arose abiotically on early Earth.
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