Modelling Lipid Competition Dynamics in Heterogeneous Protocell Populations

  title={Modelling Lipid Competition Dynamics in Heterogeneous Protocell Populations},
  author={Ben Shirt-Ediss and Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo and Fabio Mavelli and Ricard V. Sol{\'e}},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
Recent experimental work in the field of synthetic protocell biology has shown that prebiotic vesicles are able to 'steal' lipids from each other. This phenomenon is driven purely by asymmetries in the physical state or composition of the vesicle membranes, and, when lipid resource is limited, translates directly into competition amongst the vesicles. Such a scenario is interesting from an origins of life perspective because a rudimentary form of cell-level selection emerges. To sharpen… CONTINUE READING
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