The growth of populations of protocells

Roberto Serra, Timoteo Carletti, Irene Poli, Alessandro Filisetti

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    the growth of protocells is discussed under different hypotheses (one or more replicators, linear and nonlinear kinetics) using a class of abstract models (Surface Reaction Models). A method to analyze the dynamics of successive protocell generations is presented, and it is applied to the problem of determining whether the duplication times of the protocell itself and of its genetic material eventually tend to a common value. The importance of the phenomenon of emergent synchronization for sustained protocell population growth and for evolvability is discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNamur
    PublisherFUNDP, Faculté des Sciences. Département de Mathématique.
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • non-linear dynamics
    • protocell models
    • synchronization phenomena


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