10/20: VPL Astrobiology Colloquium presents Roy Black

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10/20: VPL Astrobiology Colloquium presents Roy Black

Time: October 20, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Location: Adobe Connect
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Event Type: online, seminar
Organized By: Mike Toillion
Latest Activity: Oct 20, 2015

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Self-Assembly and the Origin of Life

Presenter: Roy Black, University of Washington
When: October 20, 2015 3PM PDT

We have discovered that the building blocks of RNA and proteins, but not several related compounds, spontaneously bind to fatty acid membranes, and that this binding stabilizes them against salt [Black et al. PNAS 110, 13272 (2013)]. We are now investigating whether the membrane surfaces orient these components so as to facilitate the formation of RNA and protein.

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