Estimation of the Number of Primordial Genes in a Compartment Model of RNA World

  • Dariusz Myszor
  • Krzysztof A. Cyran
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 59)

Abstract

The Origin of life has been studied by researchers for many years. During this time a lot of computer models of early life were created and have given scientists a better view of this immemorial time. One of the simple models of early life proclaims that primitive genes (molecules) were enclosed in compartments (packages) which were submerged in the primordial broth. U. Niesert, D. Harnasch, and C. Bresch in the article ‘Origins of Life Between Scylla and Charybdis’ explained the basics of the model and predicted that there can be only 3 unlinked types of genes in a package. One of the important factor in the compartment model is NORM (Number of replicated molecules between two packages fission). We wanted to check whether NORM variation caused by environment changes, that certainly took place at this time, has an influence on the maximum number of unlinked types of genes in a package. Results of our researches, based on computer simulations, indicate that NORM variation has such an influence.

Keywords

RNA world compartment model primordial genes computer simulations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dariusz Myszor
    • 1
  • Krzysztof A. Cyran
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of InformaticsSilesian University of TechnologyGliwicePoland

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