Life on Earth may have begun as dividing droplets

Shape-shifting blobs of chemicals could split to reproduce, simulations show

chemicals within a primordial soup

DROPS DIVIDE  Droplets of chemicals (green) within a primordial soup (blue) can elongate, split and replicate (top row, left to right), new simulations indicate. That process repeats (bottom row) to create new generations of droplets, in a process that mimics reproduction and could reveal the origins of life.

D. Zwicker et al/Nature Physics 2016

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