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The evolutionary significance of phase-separated microsystems
Author and Affiliation:
Fox, S. W.(Miami, University, Coral Gables, Fla., United States)
Abstract: The source, preparation, and properties of phase-separated systems such as lipid layers, coacervate droplets, sulphobes, and proteinoid microspheres are reviewed. These microsystems are of interest as partial models for the cell and as partial or total models for the protocell. Conceptual benefits from the study of such models include clues to experiments on origins, insights into principles of action, and, in some instances, presumable models of the origin of the protocell. The benefits to evolution of organized chemical units are many, and can in part be analyzed. Ease of formation suggests that such units would have arisen early in primordial organic evolution. Integration of these various concepts and the results of consequent experiments have contributed to the developing theory of the origins of primordial and contemporary life.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1976
Document ID:
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 76A46720
Subject Category: SPACE BIOLOGY
Document Type: Journal Article
Publisher Information: Netherlands
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NGR-10-007-008
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Miami Univ.; Coral Gables, FL, United States
Description: 20p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
Imprint And Other Notes: (Akademiia Nauk SSSR, Mezhdunarodnyi Seminar o Proiskhozhdenii Zhizni, Moscow, USSR, Aug. 2-7, 1974.) Origins of Life, vol. 7, Jan. 1976, p. 49-68.
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