Earth's Oldest Rocks Hold Essential Ingredient for Life
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A critical building block for creating the first life on Earth was found in 3.8-billion-year-old rocks from Isua, Greenland, researchers reported this week here at the annual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference. For the first time ...
RNA --Does It Harbor a Clue to the Origin of Life on Earth?
The Daily Galaxy (blog)
How did life on Earth begin? An giant step toward solving this puzzle was taken in the 1980's with the Nobel Prize–winning discovery by Tom Cech and Sidney Altman that RNA, the sister molecule of DNA, can catalyze certain chemical reactions inside ...
Explainer: what is RNA?
In 1989 Sidney Altman and Thomas Cech shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for demonstrating that RNAs could catalyze chemical reactions. You might wonder how a chain of sugars and bases such as mRNA can even serve as a template for forming a ...
Celebrating Canadian science
Sidney Altman was born to a working class immigrant family in Montreal's west side in 1939. With the financial support of his ... of the catalytic properties of RNA. In 1989, along with American Thomas Cech, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.