External Control on the Early Environment: S. Chang, discussion leader|
J. Cronin, "Organic Chemistry of the Early Solar System: Recent
Molecular and Isotopic Analyses of Meteorites."
V. Oberbeck, "Meteorite Impacts and the Origin and Evolution of Life."
Y. Zhang, "History of Mantle/Crust Exchange of Volatiles."
RNA World: G. Joyce, discussion leader
A. Schwartz, "Testing Candidated for a Pre-RNA World."
R. Green, "Defining the Minimal Requirements for the Peptidyl
Transferase Reaction of the Ribosomes."
Iron and Sulfur Transformations: H. Holland, discussion leader
G. Wachterhauser, "The Iron-Sulfur World in Vitro."
K. Stetter, "Hyperthermophilic Communities in Deep Terrestrial and
Submarines Environments: The Iron-Sulfur World in Vitro."
D. Canfield, "The Early Geologic Record of Iron and Sulfur
The Role of Phosphate: D. Canfield, discussion leader
G. Arrhenius, "Phosphate-An Early Choice."
H. Holland, "Marine Phosphate and Atmospheric O2."
Mars: J. Rummel, discussion leader
J. Farmer, "Exopaleontology and the Search for a Fossil Record on
J. Wisdom, "Obliquity History of Mars and Earth."
C. McKay, "Earth Analogs to Past Life on Mars."
Early Phylogeny: A. Knoll, discussion leader
A. Lazcano, "Rooting the Tree of Life: What Came Before the Last
S. Barns, "Novel Archaeal Lineages from a Natural Microbial
Photosynthesis: J. Farmer, discussion leader
B. Pierson, "Physiological Ecology and the Evolution of Diversity Among
Ancient Photosynthetic Bacteria."
R. Blankenship, "Evolution of Photosynthetic Reaction Centers."
A. Knoll, "The Precambrian Record of Photosynthetic Organisms."
Early Biosphere: The Rock Record: B. Simoneit, discussion leader
D. Lowe, "Life on an Early Warm (Hot) Earth."
R. Summons, "Molecular Fossils: The Nature and Quality of the Record
in Archean and Proterozoic Sediments."
Prebiotic Chemistry: Membranes, Microenvironments and Light: S.
Miller, discussion leader
A. Pohorille, "Structure and Functions of the Earliest Membrane
Systems: Computer Simulations."
D. Deamer, "Membrane Permeability and Encapsulated Catalysts."
P. Braterman, "Photochemistry of Iron (II)-Containing Systems in
Prebiotic Reduction and Synthesis."