Chance Emergence of Catalytic Activity and Promiscuity in a Self-Replicator
2019-10-22T21:36:42Z (GMT) by
This study reveal a mechanism by which self-replicating molecules can autonomously acquire the ability to catalyze further reaction, in addition to their own formation. It represents a first demonstration outside biology of replicators that have the ability to catalyze reactions that produce the molecules they need to replicate from. This equates to a protometabolism.