Generating minimal living systems from non-living materials and increasing their evolutionary abilities

Steen Rasmussen, Adi Constantinescu, Carsten Svaneborg

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We review lessons learned about evolutionary transitions from a bottom up construction of minimal life. We use a particular systemic protocell design process as a starting point for exploring two fundamental questions: (1) how may minimal living systems emerge from nonliving materials? - and (2) how may minimal living systems support increasingly more evolutionary richness? Under (1) we present what has been accomplished so far and discuss the remaining open challenges and their possible solutions. Under (2) we present a design principle we have utilized successfully both for our computational and experimental protocellular investigations, and we conjecture how this design principle can be extended for enhancing the evolutionary potential for a wide range of given system.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftRoyal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences
Vol/bind371
Udgave nummer1701
ISSN0962-8436
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StatusUdgivet - 2016

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