Table 1 Participants in Micelle Simulation

Participant

Functiona

Gene 1

Synthesizes compound A; replicates when provided with compounds B, C, and D

Gene 2

Synthesizes compound B; replicates when provided with compounds A, C, and D

Gene 3

Synthesizes compound C; replicates when provided with compounds A, B, and D

Gene 4

Synthesizes compound D; replicates when provided with compounds A, B, and C

Compound A

Required for gene replication; synthesized from precursors by Gene 1

Compound B

Required for gene replication; synthesized from precursors by Gene 2

Compound C

Required for gene replication; synthesized from precursors by Gene 3

Compound D

Required for gene replication; synthesized from precursors by Gene 4

Micelle

Enclosed environment maintaining compounds A, B, C, and D

a Function in computer simulation (Figure 1).

Figure 1.

Model for micelle propagation of a meta cell. Enclosed boxes represent micelles, which require four compounds to enable gene and micelle division (Table 1). The [X] symbols represent sufficiently high concentrations of compound X to allow replication; the [x] symbols represent post-replication levels.



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