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Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 83, Issue 3–4, pp 89–92

First Online: 01 September 2016Received: 15 June 2016Accepted: 25 August 2016


Given two primordial conditions that seem likely to be common, near-ideal reactions for evolutionary progress are realized. These requisites are sporadic availability of pooled reactants and evolutionarily useful products within a pool’s repertoire. These intrinsically optimizing circumstances function without genetics, and therefore can help evolve a first genetic system. This process is termed chance utility.

KeywordsRandom Evolution RNA Selection Near-ideal  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Michael Yarus


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