Possible Prebiotic Condensation of Mononucleotides by Cyanamide

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Science  30 Jul 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3995, pp. 444-446
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3995.444


The condensation of mononucleotides has been carried out in aqueous solution at neutral pH in the presence of cyanamide. Oligodeoxyribonucleotides up to five units have been formed when montmorillonite was present.