How did protocells form? Here’s one possible way

A simple experiment shows how simple organic molecules could be concentrated enough to form lipid bilayers similar to those that make the membranes surrounding our cells. This is a practical model of how protocells could have formed in the chemical march from non-life to life.

Formation of Protocell-like Vesicles in a Thermal Diffusion Column

Formation of Protocell-like Vesicles in a Thermal Diffusion Column

As Oldcola writes, it’s simple, elegant, and effective.

Reference:

Formation of Protocell-like Vesicles in a Thermal Diffusion Column
Itay Budin, Raphael J. Bruckner and Jack W. Szostak
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (28), pp 9628–9629 doi: 10.1021/ja9029818

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