Photochemically driven redox chemistry induces protocell membrane pearling and division.

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Prior to the evolution of complex biochemical machinery, the growth and division of simple primitive cells (protocells) must have been driven by environmental factors. We have previously demonstrated two pathways for fatty acid vesicle growth in which initially spherical vesicles grow into long filamentous vesicles; division is then mediated by fluid shear… (More)
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1203212109

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