Considerações teóricas informacionais concernente a origem da vida: ressuscitando o AVIDA???

quinta-feira, setembro 11, 2014

Information-theoretic considerations concerning the origin of life

Christoph Adami

(Submitted on 2 Sep 2014)

Research investigating the origins of life usually focuses on exploring possible life-bearing chemistries in the pre-biotic Earth, or else on synthetic approaches. Little work has been done exploring fundamental issues concerning the spontaneous emergence of life using only concepts (such as information and evolution) that are divorced from any particular chemistry. Here, I advocate studying the probability of spontaneous molecular self-replication as a function of the information contained in the replicator, and the environmental conditions that might enable this emergence. I show that (under certain simplifying assumptions) the probability to discover a self-replicator by chance depends exponentially on the rate of formation of the monomers. If the rate at which monomers are formed is somewhat similar to the rate at which they would occur in a self-replicating polymer, the likelihood to discover such a replicator by chance is increased by many orders of magnitude. I document such an increase in searches for a self-replicator within the digital life system avida

Comments: 9 pages, one figure

Subjects: Populations and Evolution (q-bio.PE); Information Theory (cs.IT); Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems (nlin.AO); Biomolecules (q-bio.BM)

Cite as: arXiv:1409.0590 [q-bio.PE]

(or arXiv:1409.0590v1 [q-bio.PE] for this version)

Submission history

From: Christoph Adami [view email] 

[v1] Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:02:39 GMT (22kb,D)