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First published 2 September 2013

Prebiotic Organic Microstructures as Model Protocells

Henderson Cleaves, Neil Anthony


A variety of prebiotic syntheses starting from reduced and gas precursors, or small reactive organic intermediates produce a variety of micron and sub-micron sized organic microstructures, including spheres, filaments and toroids. Many of these structures are hollow, and they display dynamic and reversible self-assembly. We report here some of their physical characteristics that might be compatible with proto-cellular evolution.