Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This classical ‘chicken-or-egg’ dilemma applies in particular to the developmental processes of life on earth. The basis of evolution was a gradual transition from purely chemical reactions towards the ability of the first life forms to convert carbon via metabolic processes, with the help of enzymes. In this transition, early life forms soon developed different strategies for energy production and matter conversion.
Dr Kirstin Gutekunst
Plant Cell Physiology and Biotechnology Group
Botanical Institute and Botanical Gardens
Tel. +49 431 880-4237
Press release dated: 05/07/2018