|InterJournal Complex Systems, 252
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Submission Date: 981218
|Spatial Autocatalytic Dynamics: an approach to modeling prebiotic evolution|
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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