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Then the question of a higher degree of order, leading ultimately to
visible structure resulting from the construction of macromolecules, is
discussed. It is shown that a sequence of thermodynamically controlled
processes may be expected to give rise to secondary, tertiary and even
quaternary structure in such systems, the last eventually reaching the range
visible under suitable microscopic conditions. The question of membrane
formation and boundary enclosures is still moot.
However, the evolution of macromolecules, according to the present laws
of molecular evolution, are now visible to us. These can be seen to lead to
the kind of organization we now recognize as living, and new chemistry is
daily derived via the attempt to understand the reproduce such systems.
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Calvin, Melvin & Calvin, G.J. ATOM TO ADAM, article, November 1, 1963; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc899475/m1/4/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.