A model for the origin of life

@article{Dyson2005AMF,
  title={A model for the origin of life},
  author={Freeman J. Dyson},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={2005},
  volume={18},
  pages={344-350}
}
  • F. Dyson
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Journal of Molecular Evolution
SummaryA simple statistical model is constructed, describing the transition from disorder to order in a population of mutually catalytic molecules undergoing random mutations. The consequences of the model are calculated, and its possible relevance to the problem of the origin of life is discussed. The main conclusion of the analysis is that the model allows populations of several thousand molecular units to make the transition from disorder to order with reasonable probability. 

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