Evolving protocell, artwork

Evolving protocell, artwork

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This image is part of the sequence science and technology: protocell precursor molecules

Credit: HENNING DALHOFF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Evolving protocell. Image 3 of 5. Artwork showing a protocell (artificial cell). This protocell was formed from a synthetic 'primeval soup' containing PNA (peptide nucleic acid, orange), fatty acids (blue molecules with spherical heads) and lysosomes (enzyme-producing organelles, yellow). The primeval soup was a mix of carbon based molecules that chemically evolved to form simple cells, at the beginning of life. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, USA, attempted to recreate this in 2006 by making protocells. Here, the protocell and its components are evolving and producing different fatty acids (blue molecules with cuboid heads), for example. See G200/112-G200/116 for a series of images showing the creation of a protocell.

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