InterJournal Complex Systems, 252
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [252]
Submission Date: 981218
Spatial Autocatalytic Dynamics: an approach to modeling prebiotic evolution
Author(s): EvolutionaryCellComputing @Ames

Subject(s): CX.13, CX.04, CX.16, CX.67

Category: Brief Article


This paper addresses the origin of robust and evolvable metabolic functions, and the conditions under which it took place. We propose that spatial considerations, traditionally ignored, are essential to these important questions in prebiotic evolution. Our probabilistic cellular automaton model (inspired by work on autocatalytic metabolisms by Eigen, Kauffman, and others) has biologically interesting dynamical behavior that is missed if spatial extension is ignored.

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