Chiral polymerisation and the RNA world

Wattis, Jonathan A.D. and Coveney, Peter V. (2005) Chiral polymerisation and the RNA world. International Journal of Astrobiology, 4 (1). pp. 63-73.

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The purpose of this paper is to review two mathematical models: one for the formation of homochiral polymers from an originally chirally symmetric system; and the other, to show how, in an RNA-world scenario, RNA can simultaneously act both as information storage and a catalyst for its own production. We note the similarities and differences in chemical mechanisms present in the systems. We review these two systems, analysing steady-states, interesting kinetics and the stability of symmetric solutions. In both systems we show that there are ranges of parameter values where some chains increase their own concentrations faster than others.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:origins of life, chiral polymerisation, RNA world, mathematical modelling
Schools/Departments:University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical Sciences
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
ID Code:416
Deposited By:Wattis, Jonathan
Deposited On:26 Sep 2006
Last Modified:26 Aug 2014 18:04

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