Early RNA may have used isolation strategy to defeat useless mutants

Aerosol droplets might have allowed life’s first information molecules to outlive faster replicators

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TINY BUBBLES  Cooking up Earth’s first life probably required many “pots.” Spatial segregation into different pools or separate droplets might have helped the first self-replicating molecules survive. Later, protocells like those shown here provided more stable compartmentalization.

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