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Posted by Yunus Robinson on May 31, 2001 21:27:53 UTC


An interesting article I have come across in science journals lately is the idea that clay surfaces were essential for the formation of organic molecules in the early history of the Earth.

Research by Leslie Orgel (Salk Institute, US) has shown that montmorillonit clay is an effective catalyst for nucleotide oligomerisation, while illite clay and hydroxyapatite do the same for amino acids.

Occording to Orgel and his co-workers, clay surfaces encourage the polymerisation of monomers and growth of organic molecules, and probably was the 'template' needed to create life.

This seems to justify the creation myth that man was indeed created from clay!!

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