Special Issue "The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).
2. Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Viale Marconi 446, 00146 Roma, Italy
Interests: never born proteins; minimal cell; synthetic biology; emergence of life
The origin of life is still one of the greatest challenges for science. In fact, the Oparin’s pathway that starts from inanimate matter to reach the first self-reproducing cells is a multistep process, and there are open questions, both conceptually and experimentally, at each of these steps. To partly reflect this long pathway, we set up two special issues which will incorporate related papers that reflect a sequence of events leading to the origin of life on the Earth nearly four billion years ago. The present special issue of Life will be devoted to the origin of molecular order and will be organized in four different sections: (a) the biogenesis of the basic building blocks (mononucleotides, amino acids and peptides, membranogenic compounds and lipids); (b) the origin of prebiotic catalysis by organic or inorganic agents; (c) prebiotic synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids, with particular emphasis on the how macromolecular sequential order can emerge; (d) the mutual, causal relation between proteins and nucleic acids, up to the genetic code. The second special issue, “Origin of Cellular Life” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/life/special_issues/origin_cellular_life) edited by Professor David Deamer, will focus on processes by which organic compounds and products of prebiotic polymerization reactions can undergo self-assembly into encapsulated systems.
The two special issues are now open for submissions. Prospective authors should send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office at first. If the editors deem the topic to be appropriate for inclusion in one of the special issues, the author will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript.
Prof. Dr. Pier Luigi Luisi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- origin of life
- mininmal cell
- synthetic biology