Collectively autocatalytic sets

Gonen Ashkenasy, Stuart Kauffman, Doron Lancet, Sijbren Otto, Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo, Sergey Semenov, Joana Xavier

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The origins of life probably involved autocatalysis. Kauffman's 1986 description of collectively autocatalytic sets—self-replicating reaction networks—and related ideas have influenced efforts to study the properties of reaction networks that may have given rise to life. Here, researchers discuss the impact of collectively autocatalytic sets on the field.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number101594
JournalCell Reports Physical Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - 18 Oct 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Engineering
  • General Energy
  • General Materials Science
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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