Excess Mutual Catalysis Is Required for Effective Evolvability

  title={Excess Mutual Catalysis Is Required for Effective Evolvability},
  author={Omer Markovitch and D. Lancet},
  journal={Artificial Life},
  • Omer Markovitch, D. Lancet
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Artificial Life
  • It is widely accepted that autocatalysis constitutes a crucial facet of effective replication and evolution (e.g., in Eigen's hypercycle model). Other models for early evolution (e.g., by Dyson, Gánti, Varela, and Kauffman) invoke catalytic networks, where cross-catalysis is more apparent. A key question is how the balance between auto- (self-) and cross- (mutual) catalysis shapes the behavior of model evolving systems. This is investigated using the graded autocatalysis replication domain… CONTINUE READING
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