A perspectives paper on prebiotic network evolution just appeared in the journal Molecular BioSystems. It discusses six key parameters likely to have been influential in the chemical evolution of reaction networks eventually leading to life. This discussion relies heavily on earlier results, both theoretical and experimental, on autocatalytic sets. The authors of this paper include collaborators Niles Lehman, Stuart Kauffman, Sara Walker, and Wim Hordijk
P. Nghe, W. Hordijk, S. A. Kauffman, S. I. Walker, F. J. Schmidt, H. Kemble, J. A. M. Yeates and N. Lehman. Prebiotic network evolution: six key parameters. Molecular BioSystems 11: 3206-3217, 2015.