Lipidia: An Artificial Chemistry of Self-Replicating Assemblies of Lipid-like Molecules

Naveh, Barak, Moshe Sipper, Doron Lancet, and Barak Shenhav. Lipidia: an artificual chemistry of self-replicating assemblies of lipid-like molecules . Ben Gurion University, 2006.

Lipidia is a new simulation system that is related to the “Lipid World” scenario for the origin of life. Lipidia allows for conducting experiments with a population of assemblies containing lipid-like molecules on a two dimensional grid. The dynamics of the assemblies is modelled using the Graded Autocatalysis Replication Domain (GARD) model. New experiments using a finite environment model with GARD were conducted with Lipidia. The experiments show that more self-replicating assembly species appear when using a model of finite environment than when using a model of infinite environment. In many species the number of individuals increases as well.

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