Synthesis of Uracil under Conditions of a Thermal Model of Prebiological Chemistry

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Science  16 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3468, pp. 1923-1924
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3468.1923


Uracil has been formed under thermal conditions which yield other materials of theoretical prebiochemical significance. The chemical evidence for the identity of uracil rests on chromatography, spectrography, color tests, and melting points and analyses of isolated material. The place of uracil in a scheme of biochemical origins, including carbon dioxide as an intermediate, is discussed.