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Formuch of his expert profession, Sidney W. Fox has dedicated his proposal and learn to reports of molecular evolution. MOLECULAR EVOLUTION: PREBIOLOGICAL AND organic is a dedicatory vol­ ume of thirty-five contributed papers commemorating, at the celebration of his 60th birthday, his many achievements. the quantity had its belief within the USSR (by AIO), had a lot of its improvement within the united states (by DLR) , and was once made attainable through the enthusi­ astic responses and enc·ouragements of fifty-eight individuals from ten international locations and plenty of disciplines. those numbers connote not just the es­ teem during which S. W. Fox is seemed, but in addition the overseas and in­ terdisciplinary nature of stories of molecular evolution. The time period "molecular evolution" is usually linked to abiotic or prebiotic evolution; it's also used to indicate strategies of biotic evolu­ tion on the molecular point. the purpose of merger of those sub-areas, at "life," represents yet one level (albeit a crucial one) within the overall technique of the evolution of topic, from hydrogen to Homo sapiens and past. This quantity considers elements of molecular evolution during this broader feel. as a result, the participants contain people ex­ perienced within the prebiological and in addition the organic facets of molecu­ lar evolution; numerous "outside" viewpoints are supplied by means of people whose imperative pursuits lie in different diSCiplines. The contributions are either experimental and theoretical.

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Fox, S. , in "Biology and the Exploration of Mars" (C. S. Pittendrigh, W. Vishniac, and J. P. T. Pearman, eds), p. 213. NationalAcademy of Sciences--National Research Council, Washington, 1966. 19. , Nature 205, 328 (1965). 20. , NaturwiSSenschaften 56, 1 (1969). 21. , Chem. Eng. , 1971). 22. Horrowitz, N. , Proc. Natl. Acad. S. 31, 153 (1945). 23. Pattee, H. , in "Molecular Evolution," Vol. "1 (R. Buvet, C. ), p. 48. North-Holland Publ. , Amsterdam, 1971. THE ORIGIN OF LIFE PROBLEM--A BRIEF CRITIQUE 21 24.

More extensive combination of these experimental approaches can be foreseen to be fruitful as we continue to pursue the nature of the evolutionary continuality. NOTES AND REFERENCES Several words in this presentation deliberately have been used with narrow meanings. These include genetic, biological, mental and social. In general usage these have broad and overlapping connotations. Here they have been used narrowly to connote levels of evolution with real and discrete foci of selection. This presentation does not suggest, for example, that the higher levels of evolution are independent of genetic determinates, but rather that the broad "genetic" mechanism itself evolves and that important ~ foci of selection appear as evolution progresses through and beyond the "biological" realm.

25. , ~ ''1. U. B. Symp. Series," Vol. 1, p. 189. Academic Press, New York, 1959. 26. Matthews, C. , ~ "Molecular Evolution," Vol. 1 (R. Buvet, C. ), p. 231. North-Holland Publ. , Amsterdam, 1971. 27. , "Model Experiments on the Prebiological Formation of Protein," this volume. Received 13 March, 1972 ORIGINS J. Lawrence Fox Division of Biophysics and Physiology, Department of Zoology University of Texas at Austin 78712 The A. 1. Oparin theory (1) presented in 1924 and its subsequent elaborations constitute today's most commonly accepted theory of the origin of life on the Earth.

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