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Topic: Organic Chemistry

From: Dr. Howard Deutsch
Location: Atlanta Georgia
Date: 09/26/2006

Good to meet you tonight and mention some of my work on the origin of life from an organic chemist's point of view. I think that you and otherwriters need to start devoting some energy to the "origin of life (OL)" problem which is completely different than evolution. There are many facts and good theory about evolution (and much more needed), but there are virually no facts and no theory on the OL problem. A few bio molecules forming under "primorial" conditions is the first step in walking to the sun.

Howard Deutsch
Research Scientist, Georgia Tech

Re: Organic Chemistry

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/28/2006

Thanks, Howard! Great to chat with you and sign all your books at Emory. As we discussed, there's considerable interest now in clay minerals and their chemical properties, in particular montmorrilonite. And A.G. Cairns-Smith wrote a pioneering work on the evolution of terrestrial organics, "Genetic takeover - and the mineral origins of life," Cambridge University Press, 1982 Look it up and let me know what you think!

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