Struvite and Prebiotic Phosphorylation

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Science  02 Feb 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4072, pp. 483-484
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4072.483


Struvite, MgNH4PO4·6H2O, rather than apatite or amorphous calcium phosphate is precipitated when phosphate is added to seawater containing more than 0.01M NH4+ ions. Struvite may have precipitated from evaporating seawater on the primitive earth, and may have been important for prebiotic phosphorylation.