Self-Production of Supramolecular Structures

From Synthetic Structures to Models of Minimal Living Systems

  • Gail R. Fleischaker
  • Stefano Colonna
  • Pier Luigi Luisi

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 446)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. J. Varela
      Pages 23-31
    3. G. R. Fleischaker
      Pages 33-41
  3. Template Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. D. Sievers, T. Achilles, J. Burmeister, S. Jordan, A. Terfort, G. Von Kiedrowski
      Pages 45-64
    3. J. T. Goodwin, P. Luo, J. C. Leitzel, D. G. Lynn
      Pages 99-104
  4. Chirality and Replication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Alan W. Schwartz, M. J. Van Vliet
      Pages 107-114
  5. The RNA World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Lori Giver, Susan Lato, Andrew Ellington
      Pages 137-146
    3. Christof K. Biebricher
      Pages 147-156
  6. The Cell View and Cell Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. P. L. Luisi
      Pages 179-197
    3. J. S. Nowick, Jenny S. Chen, Thomas Cao, Glenn Noronha
      Pages 199-207
    4. P. Walde
      Pages 209-216
    5. V. García-Meza, A. González-Rodríguez, A. Lazcano
      Pages 231-246
  7. Posters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. C. Böhler, W. Bannwarth, P. L. Luisi
      Pages 249-253
    3. S. Bonaccio, C. Cescato, P. Walde, P. L. Luisi
      Pages 255-259
    4. S. Campagna, G. Denti, S. Serroni, A. Juris, M. Venturi, V. Balzani
      Pages 261-265
    5. Petra Burgstaller, Dirk Faulhammer, Michael Famulok
      Pages 273-277
    6. R. Wick, P. Walde, P. L. Luisi
      Pages 295-299
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-317

About this book


How did life begin on the Earth? The units of life are cells, which can be defined as bounded systems of molecules that capture energy and nutrients from the environment -- systems that expand, reproduce, and evolve over time, often into more complex systems. This book is the proceedings of a unique meeting, sponsored by NATO and held in Maratea, Italy, that brought together for the first time an international group of investigators who share an interest in how molecules self-assemble into supramolecular structures, and how those structures may have contributed to the origin of life.
The book is written at a moderately technical level, appropriate for use by researchers and by students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry and molecular biology. The overall interest of its subject matter provides an excellent introduction for students who wish to understand how the foundational knowledge of chemistry and physics can be applied to one of the most fundamental questions now facing the scientific community.
The editors are pioneers in defining what we mean by the living state, particularly the manner in which simple molecular systems can assume complex associations and functions, including the ability to reproduce. Each chapter of the book presents an up-to-date report of highly significant research. Two of the authors received medals from the National Academy of Science USA in 1994, and other research reported in the book has been featured in internationally recognized journals such Scientific American, Time, and Discover.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gail R. Fleischaker
    • 1
  • Stefano Colonna
    • 2
  • Pier Luigi Luisi
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for the Philosophy & History of ScienceBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Departimento di ChimicaUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly
  3. 3.Institut für PolymereETH-ZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4324-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0754-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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