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Origin of Life: Protocells Red in Tooth and Claw.

  • Author(s): Saha, Ranajay
  • Chen, Irene A
  • et al.

To study the origin of life, synthetic biologists construct simple 'protocells', but previous models were not able to reproduce both genome and membrane sustainably. A recent advance feeds the protocells by vesicle fusion, suggesting a practical pathway for indefinite self-reproduction.

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