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Mimicking Simple Life Without Biochemistry

Follow this thread for insights from today's SFI Seminar by Juan Pérez-Mercader (SFI + @Harvard), which you can watch live on our FB page. Recording will be saved for later viewing at this link, as well as YT:…
More info about today's seminar by SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader (@Harvard) on Mimicking Simple Life Without Biochemistry:…

#astrobiology #biochemistry #complexity
What properties characterize life? The search for a fundamental theory of #biology continues to face some serious challenges:
• n = 1
• no unified math
• can't modify carbon experimentally
• biology is still process-description
BUT: ✨ info-metabolism-replication-evolution ✨
What is the simplest possible mathematical representation of the basic qualities of living #systems?

A recipe for bare-bones physico-chemical modeling of life in inorganic substrates, according to Juan Pérez-Mercader's SFI seminar today:…
Simulated cell division with a "simple" stochastic reaction/diffusion model, from the research of SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader (@Harvard) et al.:…

#ALife @ALifeConf #oscillation #biochemistry
"They said, 'This disobeys the Second Law of Thermodynamics!' But the Second Law only applies to closed systems, and this is clearly an open system."

- Juan Pérez-Mercader on academic chauvinism that blocked work on the B-Z reaction, a crucial discovery in oscillatory chemistry:
Simulating the basic processes of life ex-novo with using inorganic chemistry:

Polymerization induced self-assembly is "not that complicated. You need some good chemists."

Juan Pérez-Mercader (SFI/@harvard) in today's SFI seminar, streaming now on FB:…
How to build a primitive #Turing machine from self-assembling amphiphilic polymers — on the road to a minimal viable #biology: replicating, competing, adapting inorganic chemical computers:

Today's seminar from Juan Pérez-Mercader (SFI/@Harvard):…
If this has piqued your interest in #autocatalysis, #abiogenesis, #biochemistry, #synthbio, and the big questions of biology, keep learning with us in our @ComplexExplorer Origins of Life course! Currently in session with open enrollment:
The video of yesterday's SFI seminar,

"Mimicking Simple Life Without #Biochemistry"
by Juan Pérez-Mercader

"...insights into #synthbio, as well as prebiotic membrane & vesicle formation en route to proto-life and the 1st #livingsystems on early Earth."

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