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Solvent Composition Dictates Emergence in Dynamic Molecular Networks Containing Competing Replicators

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posted on 2015-02-11, 00:00 authored by Giulia Leonetti, Sijbren Otto
In Darwinian evolution, species that are better adapted to their environment win the competition for common resources from less well-adapted competitors. Thus, in such scenarios the nature of the environment may dictate the outcome of the competition. We investigated to what degree these biological principles acting at the level of species extend to the molecular level into systems based on fully synthetic self-replicating molecules. We now report two systems in which two replicators compete for a common building block and where the environment dictates which of the two replicators wins. We observed that subtle changes in the environment can lead to dramatic differences in the outcome of the competition.