MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: Life requires water, why?

Date: Fri Nov 3 00:25:43 2000
Posted by Matt Gillespie
Grade level: undergrad School: No school entered.
City: El Paso State/Province: Texas Country: No country entered.
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 973229143.Bc

Why does life as we know it require water to maintain it's functions?
Is it's role in lifeforms that of a solvent?
Does it necessarily need to be liquid?
Did the original complex organic molecules, required to form early RNA 
like molecule, need water for the reaction?  If so, does this early 
evolutionary adaptation confirm that all life did indeed originate from 
one "genesis event" in which chemistry began self-replicating?

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