Probing Crosscatalysis, Autocatalysis and Amplific

Project: Standard

Project Details


This projects was designed to probe the interplay between crosscatalytic and autocatalytic components in reaction networks built from replicating molecules.

Layman's description

Replication is hey to living systems present on the Earth today. This project looks into the role that much simpler replicating molecules might have had in the emergence of primitive metabolism on the pre-biotic Earth.

Key findings

• Developed first truly synthetic reciprocal replicator
• Demonstrated that amplification is inherently limited in closed systems
• Demonstrated that a simple replicator can process an pool of reagents autonomously
• Developed a series of reaction networks that exhibit system level behaviour
Effective start/end date1/01/0731/07/10


  • EPSRC: £327,950.00


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