SCIENCE UNCOILED

This is a theory of everything, beginning during an extreme ice age with pools of liquid nitrogen forming at the Earth's poles. Hail and snow settling to the bottom caused it to boil, carrying water vapour which created crystals as strong as diamonds. Changes in temperature caused the water molecules to reassemble, releasing beams of infrared laser light, polarized on reflection by ice in clouds and on the ground. Nucleotides absorbed those reaching warm equatorial pools of water, creating a noodle soup of DNA. Some formed miniature pumps, feeding nucleotides into primitive cells by a ratchet mechanism, building more DNA pumps – life had started.

In living cells, DNA isn't double helical, it's held flat by β-pleated sheets of protein. 21units 9 base pairs long form a coil, nine coils a 'minion', packing it on chromosomes. The hydrogen bonds between protein and DNA form orderly arrays, storing information and resonating with other minions for memory recall.

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Michael T Deans

Ice transition
ICE TRANSITION

Minions replicate
MINIONS REPLICATE

DNA uncoils, binds to protein
DNA UNCOILS AND BINDS TO PROTEIN


Origin of life
ORIGIN OF LIFE