A new paper by collaborator Niles Lehman and co-authors investigates the types of cooperation possible in a real RNA system. As the authors write in their abstract: “Cooperation is essential for evolution of biological complexity. Recent work has shown game theoretic arguments, commonly used to model biological cooperation, can also illuminate the dynamics of chemical systems. […] We discuss implications for understanding cooperation as a driver of complexification in the origin of life.”
This interesting new work was just published as an open access article in the journal Life.
C. Mathis, S. N. Ramprasad, S. I. Walker and N. Lehman. Prebiotic RNA network formation: A taxonomy of molecular cooperation. Life 7(4): 38, 2017.