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Autopoiesis and the origin of bacteria.
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PMID:  11537245     Owner:  NASA     Status:  MEDLINE    
"Autopoiesis" is the explanatory principle for the organization of living systems, a concept directly applicable to the problematic issues surrounding the origins of life. Because it provides criteria by which a system may be judged as living, autopoiesis can be used to characterize a minimal living system. Once these defining characteristics have been established, we can extrapolate the conditions which would have made possible the emergence of earliest life. Because autopoiesis is a principle of organization, it provides a definition of living systems not restricted to specific molecules or structures--that is, to those nucleic-acid/protein/lipid cellular life forms with which we are familiar. Autopoiesis provides the conceptual and systematic framework within which any living system may be identified. In examining living systems, then, autopoiesis gives us a literally "meta-physical" view of life.
G R Fleischaker; L Margulis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in space research : the official journal of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0273-1177     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Space Res     Publication Date:  1986  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-05-07     Completed Date:  2000-05-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9878935     Medline TA:  Adv Space Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-5     Citation Subset:  S    
Department of Biology, Boston University, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cell Physiological Phenomena
Cells / chemistry*
L Margulis / Boston U, MA

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