Reflections on the origin of life : more than an 'evolutionary' problem
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dc.contributor.author Ruiz Mirazo, Pedro es
dc.contributor.author Moreno Bergareche, Álvaro Julián es
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-15T08:05:57Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-15T08:05:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016 es
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/79735
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that the question of the origin of life cannot be explained by appealing exclusively to Darwinian evolutionary mechanisms, as many experts tend to assume, but requires a profound change in perspective. Accordingly, we highlight the fact that, in order to operate as a diversification force (and indirectly, a force for a potential increase in complexity), natural selection requires a number of conditions to be met in order for it to be possible: specifically, self-sustained and self-(re-)productive chemical organisation within a sufficiently large phenotypic space (that is, a wide range of functions). Therefore, we suggest an extension of the «self-organising» paradigm towards a «self-(re-)productive» one as an alternative to the main proposals regarding the origin of life, based on molecular populations (typically RNA) subject to Darwinian evolution. Such a paradigm would adequately portray the specificity of the biological phenomenon (particularly, its metabolic and cellular dimension) and would be relevant before, during, and after natural selection started to operate. es
dc.source Ruiz Mirazo, Pedro ; Moreno Bergareche, Álvaro Julián. Reflections on the origin of life : more than an 'evolutionary' problem. En: Mètode Science Studies Journal: Annual Review, 6 2016: 150-159 es
dc.title Reflections on the origin of life : more than an 'evolutionary' problem es
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion en
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