Spontaneous network formation among cooperative RNA replicators

@article{Vaidya2012SpontaneousNF,
  title={Spontaneous network formation among cooperative RNA replicators},
  author={Nilesh Vaidya and Michael L. Manapat and Irene A. Chen and Ramon Xulvi-Brunet and Eric J. Hayden and Niles Lehman},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={491},
  pages={72-77}
}
The origins of life on Earth required the establishment of self-replicating chemical systems capable of maintaining and evolving biological information. In an RNA world, single self-replicating RNAs would have faced the extreme challenge of possessing a mutation rate low enough both to sustain their own information and to compete successfully against molecular parasites with limited evolvability. Thus theoretical analyses suggest that networks of interacting molecules were more likely to… 

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