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On the dynamics of autocatalytic cycles in protocell models

By Marco Villani, Alessandro Filisetti, Matthieu Nadini and Roberto Serra


The emergence of autocatalytic sets of molecules seems to have played an important role in the origin of life, allowing a sustainable systems\u2019 growth and reproduction. Several frameworks have been proposed, one of the most recent and promising being that of RAF (Reflexively Autocatalytic-Food generated) sets. As it often happens when topological properties only are taken into account, RAFs are however only potentially able of supporting continuous growth. Dynamics can also play a significant role: it is shown here how dynamical interactions may sometimes lead to unexpected behaviors

Topics: Dynamical system, Autocatalytic Cycles, Protocell, Models
Publisher: 'Springer Science and Business Media LLC'
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-3-319-32695-5_9
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