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Anomalous percolation features in molecular evolution

Published inPhysical Review. E, vol. 98, no. 022408
Publication date2018

Self-replication underlies every species of living beings and simple physical intuition dictates that some sort of autocatalysis invariably constitutes a necessary ingredient for the emergence of molecular life. This led Worst et al. [E. G. Worst, P. Zimmer, E. Wollrab, K. Kruse, and A. Ott, New J. Phys. 18, 103003 (2016)] to study a model of molecular evolution of self-replicating molecules where spontaneous ligation and simple autocatalysis are in competition for their building blocks. We revisit this model, where irreversible aggregation leads to a transition from a regime of small molecules to macromolecules, and find an array of anomalous percolation features, some of them predicted for very specific percolation processes [R. M. D'Souza and J. Nagler, Nat. Phys. 11, 531 (2015)].

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ZIMMER, P., KRUSE, Karsten, NAGLER, J. Anomalous percolation features in molecular evolution. In: Physical Review. E, 2018, vol. 98, n° 022408. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.022408
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