The COOLscience Club is an 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 reaction 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., reaction network) approach, rather than focusing on individually self-replicating molecules.

One common underlying principle in our collaborative work is the concept of autocatalytic sets, i.e., self-sustaining chemical reaction networks in which the molecules mutually catalyze each other’s formation. 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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