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  • Senior Research Fellow Juan Perez-Mercader has published work on the development of an artificial proto-cell that self-assembles, grows, replicates, and moves toward light.

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    Mimicking life in a chemical soup

    Via Harvard Gazette : Researcher’s work revealing ‘phoenix vesicles’ builds on mathematical models A Harvard researcher seeking a model for the earliest cells has created a system that self-assembles from a chemical soup into cell-like structures that grow, move in response to light, replicate when destroyed, and exhibit signs of rudimentary evolutionary selection. While the system, developed by senior research fellow Juan Pérez-Mercader, mimics what one might conceive of as early cell behavior, a major caveat […]