Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 469–472

Question 9: Prospects for the Construction of Artificial Cells or Protocells


DOI: 10.1007/s11084-007-9081-6

Cite this article as:
Monnard, PA. & Ziock, HJ. Orig Life Evol Biosph (2007) 37: 469. doi:10.1007/s11084-007-9081-6


The construction of artificial cells or protocells that are a simplified version of contemporary cells will have implications for both the understanding of the origins of cellular Life and the design of “cell-like” chemical factories. In this short communication, we discuss the progress and remaining issues related to the construction of protocells from metabolic products. We further outline the de novo design of a simple chemical system that mimics the functional properties of a living cell without being composed of molecules of biological origin, thereby addressing issues related to Life’s origins.


Artificial cellsProtocellsOrigins of LifeSelf-replicating chemical systems

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Earth and Environmental Sciences EES-6Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA