• Jeewanu, or the `particles of life’ The approach of Krishna Bahadur in 20th century origin of life research

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      Coacervates; history of cell biology; history of origin of life research; Jeewanu; Krishna Bahadur

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      Starting in the 1960s, the Indian chemist Krishna Bahadur, from the University of Allahabad, published on organic and inorganic particles that he had synthesized and baptized `Jeewanu’, or `particle of life’. Bahadur conceived of the Jeewanu as a simple form of the living. These studies are presented in a historical perspective and positioned within mid-20th century research on the origin of life, notably the so-called `coacervate theory’ of the Soviet biochemist Aleksandr I Oparin. The concepts of life proposed by Bahadur, Oparin and others are discussed from a historical standpoint.

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      Mathias Grote1 2

      1. Egenis, University of Exeter, Byrne House, St. German's Road, Exeter EX4 4PJ, UK
      2. Institut für Philosophie, Literatur, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17.Juni 135, D-10623 Berlin, Germany
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