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Comptes Rendus Chimie
Volume 14, n° 4
pages 388-391 (avril 2011)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crci.2010.04.002
Received : 24 November 2009 ;  accepted : 7 April 2010
Prebiotic chemistry: A fuzzy field

Gilles Bruylants, Kristin Bartik, Jacques Reisse
Département d’ingénierie moléculaire et biomoléculaire, université Libre de Bruxelles, 50, avenue F.D.-Roosevelt, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium 

Corresponding author.

If prebiotic chemistry is defined as the study of the chemical steps, which lead to the first organisms, a clear-cut definition of “living organism” is needed. Unfortunately, no unambiguous and universally accepted definition exists for the concept “living”. Under these conditions, fuzzy logic is probably the methodological tool that can best be used to handle questions pertaining to “the origin of life”. A conventional scale must, however, be defined which interestingly enough, depends necessarily on our present-day scientific knowledge.

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Keywords : Bioorganic chemistry, Fuzzy logic, Origin of life

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