A Statistical Chemistry Approach to the Origin of Life

@inproceedings{Segr1999ASC,
  title={A Statistical Chemistry Approach to the Origin of Life},
  author={Daniel Segr{\'e}},
  year={1999}
}
We revisit some theoretical models dealing with the chemical emergence of life-like properties in prebiotic systems. Special emphasis is given to models involving random assemblies of mutually catalytic organic molecules, as opposed to scenarios in which individual molecular species are endowed with the capacity of self-replication. We highlight here the challenge of tracing the very first steps of biogenesis, when self-replication, mutation, selection and evolution may have been hardly… CONTINUE READING
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