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Emergence of Light-Driven Protometabolism upon Recruitment of a Photocatalytic Cofactor by a Self-Replicator
preprintsubmitted on 18.10.2019, 11:48 and posted on 22.10.2019, 21:39 by Guillermo Monreal Santiago, Kai Liu, Wesley R Browne, Sijbren Otto
This work shows how a designed co-factor can be recruited and activated by a self-replicator to do photo-redox catalysis and generate the precursors from which the self-replicator can grow. It constitutes an important step in the direction of the de-novo synthesis of life by intergrating self-replication with a protometabolism.