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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-33027-5-ch070
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First published 20 July 2015

Toward a behavior-based approach to the origins of life and the genetic system

Tom Froese

Abstract

In the origin of life community there has been a dispute about whether metabolism or replication came first. Yet both of these approaches are in implicit agreement that the first forms of life were basically passive. That shared assumption has begun to be challenged by a new generation of metabolism-first approaches, emphasizing that movement and adaptive behavior could have played an important role right from the start. After introducing recent research on this behavior-based approach to the origin of life, I offer a preliminary assessment of what this new approach implies for the origins of the genetic system.