The emergence of life is best understood in terms of the dynamics and evolution of systems of chemical replicating entities endowed with genetic polymers. To understand the current emphasis of origin‐of‐life research in the abiotic appearance of replicative polymers and genetic information, this chapter considers Ernst Haeckel’s assumption of cell nuclei together with his characterization of the Monera as the oldest biological group. Haeckel’s ideas exerted an extraordinary influence in many 19th Century naturalists and philosophers, who conceived cells as chemical machines and developed research programs on experimental abiogenesis that can be considered as a direct intellectual predecessor of current efforts on synthetic biology. Some of their results have their contemporary equivalents in the proposals of the advocates of complexity theories that attempt to explain the origin and nature of life on the basis of complexity theory and self‐assembly phenomena.
The Emergence of Life: Some Notes on the Origin of Biological Information
Life Sciences, Information Sciences, 1
Book Editor(s): Thierry Gaudin Dominique Lacroix Marie‐Christine Maurel Jean‐Charles Pomerol