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Troland, Leonard (1889–1932)




Harvard biochemist who put forward one of the earliest theories describing a chemical origin for life on Earth. Troland suggested that autocatalytic enzymes (enzymes capable of catalyzing their own manufacture), bathed in an oily liquid produced in the Earth's primordial seas, might be considered the earliest "primitive living bodies."


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