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The Emergence of Cells During the Origin of Life

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Science  08 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5805, pp. 1558-1559
DOI: 10.1126/science.1137541

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In simple protocells, formed by encapsulating RNA inside vesicles, interactions between the RNA and the membrane lead to the emergence of essential cellular behaviors.