Recycling, reproduction, and life's origins.

@article{King1982RecyclingRA,
  title={Recycling, reproduction, and life's origins.},
  author={Gregory M. King},
  journal={Bio Systems},
  year={1982},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={89-97}
}
Kinetic considerations make it most improbable that any reproducing system could arise spontaneously in a prebiotic soup containing a large variety of organic molecules, as commonly postulated. This batch process can be contrasted with a completely recycling network of reactions maintained by an influx of energy. So long as the network includes at least two bimolecular reactions it is likely to support pathways for chemical reproduction. However, such reproducing systems will be simple in both… CONTINUE READING

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