Paradoxical Bistate Status of a Prebiotic Microsystem: Universal Predecessor of Life

  • V.N. Kompanichenko


A prebiotic organic microsystem has a chance to be transformed into a simplest living unit only through the intermediate stage—acquisition of the specific bistate status. The status is a result of uncompleted bifurcate transition of a chemical system from the initial state into advanced state under oscillating nonequilibrium conditions. In the case of the balance between the tendencies to the forward and reverse transitions, the system oscillates around the highest point of bifurcation displacing to the initial and advanced states by turns. It acquires the paradoxical way of organization—‘stabilized instability.’ The remarkable characteristic of such organization is that the principally unstable point of bifurcation is ‘incorporated’ between two opposite but equal forces. This way of organization allows the prebiotic microsystem to maintain the following properties, which are at the foundation of life: incessant inner fluctuations and re-arrangement of molecules; integrity through cooperative events; exchange by matter and energy with the environment; latent biforked structure consisting of two interrelated co-structures; natural dichotomy at the end of cycle of the existence, etc. The aim of the suggesting experimental research is to obtain bistate prebiotic microsystems, which are able to evolve to life. During the experiments various prebiotic models should be explored at the state of bifurcate transition and under oscillating conditions in experimental chamber.


Bifurcation Point Chemical System Relative Equilibrium Advanced State Cooperative Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V.N. Kompanichenko
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Complex Analysis at BirobidzhanRussia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of California at Santa CruzUSA

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