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Software program “Allchemy” helps identify prebiotic synthesis of biochemical compounds from primordial precursors

A team of researchers working in the Institute of Organic Chemistry’s lab at the Polish Academy of Sciences has developed a software product to aid in discovering the chemical processes that led to the development of life on Earth. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their software program, which they have named Allchemy, and how it is used.

Scientists have been puzzling over the chemical processes that led to life on Earth for decades, but thus far, have not come much closer to understanding how simple chemicals in the primordial soup could have led to biologic molecules. Prior research has helped chemists identify some of the likely ingredients at play, such as methane, water and ammonia, and they have studied reactions between them that might produce precursors of molecules that could have interacted with other chemicals to produce living molecules. But the work grows

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