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Discovered! Original Recipe for the Origin of Life --"May have Evolved with Relative Ease, Here and Elsewhere in the Universe"

The long-sought ingredient that may have helped gene-like strands to copy themselves in puddles for the first time ever, billions of years ago when Earth was devoid of life, has been found by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology....
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