Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life
AbstractThe origin of life is one of the most fundamental, but also one of the most difficult problems in science. Despite differences between various proposed scenarios, one common element seems to be the emergence of an autocatalytic set or cycle at some stage. However, there is still disagreement as to how likely it is that such self-sustaining sets could arise “spontaneously”. This disagreement is largely caused by the lack of formal models. Here, we briefly review some of the criticism against and evidence in favor of autocatalytic sets, and then make a case for their plausibility based on a formal framework that was introduced and studied in our previous work.
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Hordijk, W.; Hein, J.; Steel, M. Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life. Entropy 2010, 12, 1733-1742.
Hordijk W, Hein J, Steel M. Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life. Entropy. 2010; 12(7):1733-1742.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hordijk, Wim; Hein, Jotun; Steel, Mike. 2010. "Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life." Entropy 12, no. 7: 1733-1742.