Clay Likely Facilitated the Formation of Cells and the Evolution of Life on Earth

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Clay may have been vital to kick starting life on Earth by hosting the complex biochemicals that make it possible, according to new research.

Biological engineers from Cornell University found in simulated ancient seawater, clay formed a hydrogel, which acted as a sponge in absorbing and storing tiny molecules of liquid.

Over billions of years, the researchers believe, those molecules could have evolved into proteins, DNA and cells. In essence, the molecules stored in clay could very well have naturally evolved into the building blocks of life.

"We propose that in early geological history clay hydrogel provided a confinement function for biomolecules and biochemical reactions," Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering and a member of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, said in a press release.

Written By: Russell Westerholm
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12 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #5 by SaganTheCat:

      Christian scientists have known for a long time Adam was made of clay

      checkmateatheists

      There was some newspaper a few days back that triumphantly claimed that this research shows that many religious creation myths are true, because they talk about god(s) making life out of clay, dirt or soil.

      • In reply to #6 by Aztek:

        In reply to #5 by SaganTheCat:

        Christian scientists have known for a long time Adam was made of clay

        checkmateatheists

        There was some newspaper a few days back that triumphantly claimed that this research shows that many religious creation myths are true, because they talk about god(s) making lif…

        Amazing how their attitude to science appears to change when it supports what they think is true.

      • In reply to #10 by Alan4discussion:

        In reply to #5 by SaganTheCat:

        Christian scientists have known for a long time Adam was made of clay

        checkmateatheists

        Ah! But that was half-baked and just potty!

        They’re just putting their own spin on it. When I read this sort of stuff my eyes just glaze over.

        Michael

    • It’s kind of a shame that there can’t be a post about science on the RDFS site without some reference to religion.

      A hilarious shame.

      In reply to #5 by SaganTheCat:

      Christian scientists have known for a long time Adam was made of clay

      checkmateatheists

  1. In reply to #5 by SaganTheCat:

    Christian scientists have known for a long time Adam was made of clay

    checkmateatheists

    There was some newspaper a few days back that triumphantly claimed that this research shows that many religious creation myths are true, because they talk about god(s) making life out of clay, dirt or soil.

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