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Chance Emergence of Catalytic Activity and Promiscuity in a Self-Replicator

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submitted on 18.10.2019, 11:38 and posted on 22.10.2019, 21:36 by Jim Ottelé, Andreas S. Hussain, clemens mayer, Sijbren Otto
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.

History

Email Address of Submitting Author

s.otto@rug.nl

Institution

University of Groningen

Country

The Netherlands

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0003-0259-5637

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

no conflict of interest

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