Isolated Microsystems in Evolution

  • James C. LaceyJr.
  • Dail W. MullinsJr.


This chapter is concerned with the subject of isolated microsystems and their importance in the evolution of the living state from purely chemical systems. We have chosen to discuss this particular topic for two main reasons. First, although the subject of the role of microsystems in evolution has been previously examined by several authors, a brief review of the available literature has revealed that certain basic concepts relative to this topic have not been, for the most part, adequately developed. Second, Professor A. I. Oparin (1), the man whose work we honor here, and his colleagues have spent a considerable amount of time and effort in exploring the many facets of one particular type of chemical microsystem, namely, coacervate droplets. Their studies, coupled with those of Professor S. W. Fox (2), and his co-workers on proteinoid microspheres, have served to emphasize the great importance of isolated microenvironments with regard to the appearance and evolution of living systems.


Chemical Evolution Informational Source Hemoglobin Molecule Monomeric Precursor Molecular Code 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. LaceyJr.
    • 1
  • Dail W. MullinsJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular BiologyUniversity of Alabama in BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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