Evolution of Polynucleotides

  • Peter Schuster


Selection and Darwinian evolution are phenomena which we commonly correlate to the existence of living organisms. When Charles Darwin about 130 years ago was working on his fundamental theory of biological evolution he had in mind highly developed organisms, plants and animals which he had studied for a lifetime. He built his universal concept on two basic principles the consequences of which he saw in nature. These principles are (1) the variability of multiplying organisms and (2) natural selection as a permanently operating optimization process. The quantity to be optimized is reproductive success under conditions dictated by the environment and the internal constraints of the organism.


Error Threshold Darwinian Evolution Autocatalytic Reaction Prebiotic Chemistry Mass Action Kinetic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Schuster
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische Chemie und StrahlenchemieUniversität WienWienAustria

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