OoL digest — April 17 edition

This week we have 17 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!

Artificial life

Towards Large-Scale Simulations of Open-Ended Evolution in Continuous Cellular Automata
Chan – preprint

Competitive exclusion principle among synthetic non-biochemical protocells
Katla et al. – Cell Reports Physical Science

Survival strategies of artificial active agents
Zanovello et al. – Scientific Reports


MINDS. The Detection of 13CO2 with JWST-MIRI Indicates Abundant CO2 in a Protoplanetary Disk
Grant et al. – The Astrophysical Journal Letters

BioSentinel: Validating Sensitivity of Yeast Biosensors to Deep Space Relevant Radiation
Liddell et al. – Astrobiology

Habitability and sub glacial liquid water on planets of M-dwarf stars
Wandel – Nature Communications


Enhanced nonenzymatic RNA copying with in-situ activation of short oligonucleotides
Ding et al. – preprint

The potential of glyoxylate as a prebiotic source molecule and a reactant in protometabolic pathways—The glyoxylose reaction
Krishnamurthy et al. – Chem

ATP synthase evolution on a cross-braced dated tree of life
Mahendrarajah et al. – preprint

Compensatory relationship between low-complexity regions and gene paralogy in the evolution of prokaryotes
Persi et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Emergence of catalytic function in prebiotic information-coding polymers
Tkachenko et al. – preprint


An onset model of mutually catalytic self-replicative systems formed by an assembly of polynucleotides
Sawada et al. – preprint


Technical comment on “Reexamination of 2.5-Ga ‘whiff’ of oxygen interval points to anoxic ocean before GOE”
Anbar et al. – Science Advances

A Data Science Approach to Study the Water Storage Capacity in Rocky Planet Mantles: Earth, Mars, and Exoplanets
Dong – preprint

Methane formation driven by light and heat prior to the origin of life
Ernst et al. – preprint

Extreme Niche Partitioning and Microbial Dark Matter in a Mauna Loa Lava Tube
Fishman et al. – Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets

Earth shaped by primordial H2 atmospheres
Young et al. – Nature