A Principled Approach to the Origin Problem

Masashi Aono, Norio Kitadai, Yoshi Oono

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The key issue of the origin of life is the origin of a complex system rather than the abiotic formation of various organic substances, small and large. To consider this “origin problem” it is advantageous to abstract some principles from biology and statistical physics to guide our approach. Referring to these principles, we aim to construct a chemical system called “protometabolism,” which would be a precursor of metabolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-338
Number of pages12
JournalOrigins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 25
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex systems
  • Prebiotic chemistry
  • Protometabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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