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The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: paradigms in science and society Part I. The Mechanistic World View: 1. The Newtonian world-machine 2. The mechanistic view of life 3. Mechanistic socialExpand
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Autopoiesis: a review and a reappraisal
  • P. Luisi
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • 10 January 2003
The aim of the paper is to review critically the notion of autopoiesis as presented by Maturana and Varela. In particular, recognizing that there are difficulties in obtaining a complete and clearExpand
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The emergence of life : from chemical origins to synthetic biology
Preface 1. The conceptual framework of the research on the origin of life on Earth 2. Approaches to the definitions of life 3. Selection in prebiotic chemistry - why this ... and not that? 4. TheExpand
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Synthesizing life
Advances in directed evolution and membrane biophysics make the synthesis of simple living cells, if not yet foreseeable reality, an imaginable goal. Overcoming the many scientific challenges alongExpand
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Synthesizing life : Paths to unforeseeable science & technology
Advances in directed evolution and membrane biophysics make the synthesis of simple living cells, if not yet foreseeable reality, an imaginable goal. Overcoming the many scientific challenges alongExpand
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Organogels from lecithins
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Autopoiesis with or without cognition: defining life at its edge
  • M. Bitbol, P. Luisi
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of The Royal Society Interface
  • 22 November 2004
This paper examines two questions related to autopoiesis as a theory for minimal life: (i) the relation between autopoiesis and cognition; and (ii) the question as to whether autopoiesis is theExpand
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Autopoietic Self-Reproduction of Fatty Acid Vesicles
Conditions are described under which vesicles formed by caprylic acid and oleic acid in water are able to undergo autopoietic self-reproduction-namely an increase of their population number due to aExpand
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Autocatalytic self-replicating micelles as models for prebiotic structures
MICELLES that can catalyse their replication have been described recently1–3. In the previous experiments, micelles (or bilayer vesicles4) were always present in the initial reaction mixture—that is,Expand
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Polymerase chain reaction in liposomes.
BACKGROUND Compartmentalization of biochemical reactions within a spherically closed bilayer is an important step in the molecular evolution of cells. Liposomes are the most suitable structures toExpand
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