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Seminar: Physics of Early Evolution and the Emergence of Life – Übersicht

  • Übersicht

Which biophysical processes could lead to the first living systems? How can Darwinian evolution be triggered by nonequilibrium processes? Can we build the strategies of life bottom up in the lab? The minimal requirements for the emergence of an evolutionary dynamics are three processes: replication, mutation, and selection. To maintain the genetic simulation, also a nonequilibrium system is needed. We will discuss recent progress in understanding this phase transition from nonliving to living matter. Topics will include experimental and theoretical treatments.

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Zeit und Ort

Fr 10.15-11.45
N020 (Kleiner Physikhörsaal)

The Seminar is geared towards Masterstudents, however talented, late Bachelorstudents willing to digg deep into more special concepts are also welcome. Papers will focus on recent advances on the topic. The 13 Topics + Papers can be downloaded here. On Fr 18.10, we will discuss the topics and distribute them among the students.

Prof. Dieter Braun
(email: dieter.braun@lmu.de)

Times of the Seminar.

18.10. Introduction to the Seminar and distribution of topics (How to prepare a talk)
25.10. No Seminar: time to prepare first talk
1.11. No seminar - Feiertag
8.11. Topic #9.1 by Laura Krumm
15.11. Topic #9.2 by Marco Andersohn
22.11. Topic #7 by Christian Helle
29.11. Topic #5 by Stephan Gindl
6.12. Topic #13 by Carlos Christian Sustay Martinez
13.12. Topic #10 by Susanne Reinhardt
20.12. Topic #3 by Michèle Greiner
10.1. Topic #4 by Joachim Rößner
17.1. Topic #8 by Lucas Fochler
24.1. Topic #1 by Shui Xiangyu
31.1. Topic X by YY
7.2. Topic X by YY


Overview over the topics:
1 Methods of insitu activation of RNA for replication
2 Reactions of RNA in ice
3 Recombination networks
4 Symmetry breaking in cooperative ligation
5 RNA Ligation and recombination in ice
6 Theory of RNA ligation
7 Creation of pH gradients
8 Nonequilibrium chemistry and phase transitions
9 Formation of RNA/DNA gels in a temperature gradient
10 RNA catalysis in Ice
11 Entropic DNA Machines
12 Towards translation
13 Replication and selection in a thermal gradient


Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Dieter Braun