Special Issue "Origin of Cellular Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2016)
Recently, we set up two Special Issues, which will incorporate related papers that reflect a sequence of events leading to the origin of life on Earth nearly four billion years ago. The present Special Issue, edited by Professor David Deamer and Dr. Bruce Damer, will focus on processes by which organic compounds and products of prebiotic polymerization reactions can undergo self-assembly into encapsulated systems. These systems are referred to as protocells, and are capable of energy-dependent polymerization processes, as well as growth of their membranous boundaries. Such systems are now at the cutting edge of current research, with a real potential to become the first form of artificial life to be demonstrated in the laboratory. Another Special Issue, “The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology”, edited by Professor Pier Luigi Luisi, will be devoted to the origin of molecular order and will be organized into four different sections. For more information, please refer to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/life/special_issues/emergence_of_life.
The two Special Issues are now open for submissions. Prospective authors should first send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office. 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. David Deamer
Dr. Bruce Damer
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- primitive metabolism
- prebiotic polymerization
- encapsulation processes
- minimal cells
- origin of cellular life