Artificial blobs could provide clues to early evolution
Kurihara et al/Nature Communications 2015
Man-made balls of genetic material and membranes can pull off a decent impression of primitive cells.
These squishy spheres known as “protocells” can accept chemical deliveries to sustain a division process that mimics that of living cells, researchers in Japan report September 29 in Nature Communications. These cell-like creations may be a step toward making future protocells that can imitate evolution, the scientists say.