Fire ant venom alkaloids: their contribution to chemosystematics and biochemical evolution
. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 6: 337-340.
RNA's stability, catalytic capabilities and ability to self-replicate make it the most likely starting point of biochemical evolution
. In the postulated beginnings of life the redox difference between earth's crust and its atmosphere was a possible energy source that drove the whole early chemical process.
Life at the molecular level seems to be carrying on fine without recourse to these, but if we were somehow able to restart biochemical evolution
, would that still be true?
in the slimy salamanders of the Plethodon glutinosus complex in the eastern United States.
The introduction into modern agriculture of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is an unjustified and dangerous alteration of what Evolution has produced in plants over hundreds of millions of years: plants on which the subsequent biochemical evolution
of superior complex animal organisms has been based, culminating with the advent of mammals in the last 65 million years and then with the arrival of Man.
V., "Biochemical evolution I: polymerization on internal organophilic silica surfaces of dealuminated zeolites and feldspars" in Proc.
V., "Biochemical evolution II: origin of life in tubular microstructures on weathered feldspar surfaces" in Proc.
I don't know what upsets Wells with this example, except that he makes a distinction between biochemical evolution
, where he seems to accept good old natural selection, and morphological evolution, where he does not.
Both books cover similar topics: cosmic evolution, biochemical evolution
, life in the solar system, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the implications of contact.