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Pawel Weronski, Yi Jiang and Steen Rasmussen, "Application of Molecular dynamics computer simulations in the design of a minimal self-replicating molecular machine", Complexity, vol. 13, pp. 10-17, 2008

Abstract

Although the definition of life is still controversial, there is general agreement that a chemical assembly of molecules can be considered alive if it can ingest resources and convert them into building blocks; has the ability to grow and self-reproduce; and can evolve. In the design recently proposed by Rasmussen and Chen [Science 2004, 303 963] the assembly or protocell could be as simple as a small micellar surfactant aggregate acting as a container by anchoring an informational molecule to its exterior and incorporating a metabolism within the oily interior. We present several examples of modeling such a system with molecular dynamics computer simulations.

BibTeX Entry

@article{Weronski-Complex-2008,
author = {Pawel Weronski and Yi Jiang and Steen Rasmussen},
title = {Application of Molecular dynamics computer simulations in the design of a minimal self-replicating molecular machine},
year = {2008},
urlpdf = {http://math.lanl.gov/~yi/Papers/Weronski_MD_Complexity_2008.pdf},
journal = {Complexity},
volume = {13},
pages = {10-17}
}