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Dynamic Growth and Replication in Coacervate Protocells

Project description

Growth and replication of model protocells

Growth and division are fundamental properties of living organisms. Understanding how a mixture of molecules can assemble into a replicating cell remains one of the biggest mysteries in the origin of life. The EU-funded project DynaGrow is going to develop a new kind of coacervate-based protocell model that can support growth and template-directed replication. These coacervate-based protocells are condensed water-rich liquid droplets that can compartmentalise and concentrate water-soluble template molecules. They will be composed of low-complexity oligopeptides capable of fuel-driven active growth achieved through elongation or side chain modification. This remarkable new approach represents a new step in the creation of a minimal cell, which is necessary for our understanding of the origin of life and evolution.

Host institution

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00