The origin of life on Earth is still a mystery, and the question remains what were the conditions that made it possible for life to happen here.
We also don’t know if those conditions are an absolute requirement or if there are different ways to mix them together.
A new approach to this problem, called autocatalysis, relies on repeating chemical reactions with self-sustaining repetition.
Also known as accompensation, this kind of reaction occurs when multiple copies of the same substance are produced in a given amount of time.
The basic idea behind this approach is that you can create more than one recipe from scratch; by repeatedly repeating a chemical reaction, you will be able to improve upon the final product.
This could lead to new and exciting discoveries.
The research is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.