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The Secret of Life May Be As Simple As What Happens Between the Sheets--Mica Sheets

Posted Aug 05 2010 2:17pm

Diagram showing biomolecules (gray structures) between mica sheets (green lines) in primitive ocean.

That age-old question, "where did life on Earth start?" now has a new answer. If the life between the mica sheets hypothesis is correct, life would have originated between sheets of mica that were layered like the pages in a book.

The so-called "life between the sheets" mica hypothesis was developed by Helen Hansma of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This hypothesis was originally introduced ...

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