71 巻 (2013) 12 号 p. 1311-1312
In the prebiotic era, information-coding nucleic acids, RNAs, are assumed as key players for the origin of life. How did RNA components, ribonucleotides, emerge in the prebiotic era? Recently, a plausible synthetic pathway of pyrimidine ribonucleotides has been reported. In this review, the brief history and recent progress in this field are introduced.