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This finding reveals "a fundamentally new physical and chemical phenomenon," according to Adam Heller of the University of Texas at Austin, who considers the results "nothing short of revolutionary." Some materials, when perfectly clean, can bind to either oil or water but become committed to whichever one they adhere to first.
This brief monograph describes the multi-component molecular orbital methods and the hybrid type density functional theories used to analyze such chemical phenomenon as the H/D isotope effect and positronic systems.
In essence, these scientists highlight the fact that life based on replicating nucleic acids such as RNA and DNA is only one example -- albeit a powerful one -- of a general chemical phenomenon. His goal is to figure out the underlying "rules" behind chemical self-replication.