Studying the origins of life by extending principles from evolutionary biology to chemical replicators

Project abstract

Self-replicating systems are likely to have played a central role in the origin of life. The goal of the project is to learn principles related to the emergent behaviour we call ‘life’, from different classes of self-replicating systems including synthetic chemical replicators, RNA viruses and bacteria. This will be achieved by investigating the diversification and adaptive potential of each system and by identifying common evolutionary principles and differences between them.

Project team

The project will be executed within the research groups of Sijbren Otto, Franjo Weissing, and Sander van Doorn, all at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands. Principal investigator is Omer Markovitch.