An Examination of the Role of Autocatalytic Cycles in the Chemistry of Proposed Primordial Reactions


  • D.G.B. holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.


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Let's start at the very beginning: Reaction simulations were used to clarify differences between autoinductive and autocatalytic processes in the context of recent models pertaining to the chemical origin of life (see plot). The ability of a catalytic network to persist in the face of disruptive challenges is essential to its potential to play a role in prebiotic chemistry.