By George Wald (auth.), J. Oró, S. L. Miller, C. Ponnamperuma, R. S. Young (eds.)

This booklet, in volumes, comprises lots of the medical papers provided on the first assembly of the overseas Society for the examine of the beginning of existence (lSSOL), hung on June 25-28, 1973 in Barcelona, Spain. the 1st quantity comprises the invited articles and the second one quantity the contributed papers, which additionally seem within the 1974 and 1975 concerns, respectively, of the recent magazine Origins of existence, released via D. Reidel. a comparatively huge variety of conferences almost about the starting place of existence were held elsewhere seeing that 1957. by way of its association, scope, and quantity and nationality of individuals, the convention celebrated final 12 months in Barcelona heavily the 3 foreign meetings held prior in Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1957, Wakulla Springs, u.s., 1963, and Pont-a-Mousson, France, 1970. for that reason the 1st ISSOL assembly was once additionally named the 4th foreign convention at the beginning of Life.

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Jefferts, K. , and Wilson, R. : 1971, Astrophys. J. 165, 229. Snyder, L. E. : 1971, Astrophys. J. Letters 163, L47. Snyder, L. E. : 1972, Ann. Y. Acad. Sci. 194, 17. Snyder, L. : 1969, Phys. Rev. Letters 22, 679. , Wilson, R. , Penzias, A. , and Jefferts, K. : 1971, Astrophys. J. Letters 168, L59. , Barett, A. , Meeks, M. , and Henry, J. : 1963, Nature 200, 829. , and Snyder, L. : 1970, Astrophys. J. 160, 485. THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM: PERSPECTIVES FOR EXOBIOLOGY TOBIAS OWEN Dept. Y. A. Abstract.

3 mm X-ogen and Y-ogen lines. 40 DAVID BUHL possibility of finding even more complex molecules is immense. This would then help to establish the direction of the organic chemistry in molecular clouds, a subject which is in complete disarray at the moment. 10. Conclusion The question of the origin of life is a difficult problem. Some of the answer may lie in the chemistry of the molecular clouds. The similarity of the molecules in the dense interstellar clouds to the reaction products in primitive earth experiments is quite striking.

What was overlooked was the important role of dust grains in producing and protecting larger molecules. , 1968 and 1969) found both NH3 and H 2 0, with the water line showing spectacular maser emission stronger than the OH molecule. Encouraged by the success of these experiments Snyder and Buhl teamed up with Zuckerman and Palmer in 1969 to hunt for the 6 cm line of formaldehyde (H 2 CO). At the time this was considered a fairly large organic molecule by astronomical standards. , 1970). , 1969).

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