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ProtocellsBridging Nonliving and Living Matter$
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Steen Rasmussen, Mark A. Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, David C. Krakauer, Norman H. Packard, and Peter F. Stadler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182683

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182683.001.0001

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Origin of Life and Lattice Artificial Chemistry

Origin of Life and Lattice Artificial Chemistry

(p.196) (p.197) 9 Origin of Life and Lattice Artificial Chemistry

Naoaki Ono

Duraid Madina

Takashi Ikegami

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Constructive biology aims to artificially construct a system that does not exist in nature but that has some biological features. The construction of a replicating system with compartments, for example, is essential to the study of the origins of a protocell. This chapter discusses both theory and experimental approaches to protocell production. The theoretical approach considers concepts such as the minority-controlled state, recursive production, switching, and evolvability. These concepts are related to experimental results from an in vitro replication system constructed by Tetsuya Yomo and colleagues.

Keywords:   constructive biology, protocell, minority-controlled state, recursive production, switching, evolvability, replication, Tetsuya Yomo

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