The COOLscience Club is an informal, international, and interdisciplinary scientific Collaboration on the Origin and Organization of Life.
The main goal of this collaboration is to gain a better understanding of the organizational principles behind the chemical networks that give rise to life, and how these emerged and further evolved from basic pre-biotic chemistry. We explicitly take a systems (i.e., network) approach, rather than focusing on one particular type of molecule (such as RNA).
One common underlying principle in our collaborative work is that of autocatalytic sets, i.e., self-regulating chemical reaction networks that are able to (collectively) reproduce themselves. The research that is done in the context of this collaboration is highly interdisciplinary, involving chemists, biologists, physicists, computer scientists, and mathematicians.
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