Publications on Autocatalytic Networks

Mike Steel


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Links to popular articles on Autocatalytic Networks



- last updated October 25, 2019

  1. PDF coming soonWeller-Davies, O., Steel, M. and Hein, J. (2019) Combinatorial results for network-based models of metabolic origins. abstract
  2. PDF coming soonGabora, L. and Steel, M. (2019) Modeling a cognitive transition at the origin of cultural evolution using autocatalytic networks. Submitted.
  3. Download PDFXavier, J. C., Hordijk, W., Kauffman, S., Steel M. and Martin, W. F. (2019). Autocatalytic chemical networks at the origin of metabolism. Submitted. [biorxiv] abstract
  4. Download PDFSteel, M., Hordijk, W. and Kauffman, S. (2019). Dynamics of a birth-death process based on combinatorial innovation. Submitted to J. Theor. Biol. abstract
  5. Download PDFHordijk, W., Steel, M. and Kauffman, S. A. (2019). Molecular Diversity Required for the Formation of Autocatalytic Sets. Life 9: 23. abstract
  6. Download PDFSteel, M., Hordijk, W. and Xavier, J. C. (2019). Autocatalytic networks in biology: structural theory and algorithms. J. Royal Society Interface 16: 20180808. abstract
  7. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2018). Autocatalytic networks at the basis of life's origin and organization. Life 8(4): 62. abstract
  8. Download PDF Steel, M. and Kauffman, S. (2018). A note on random catalytic branching processes. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 437 222-224. abstract
  9. Download PDF Hordijk, W., Steel, M. and Dittrich, P. (2018). Autocatalytic sets and chemical organizations: Modeling self-sustaining reaction networks at the origin of life. New Journal of Physics 20:015011. abstract
  10. Download PDFGabora, L. and Steel, M. (2017), Autocatalytic networks in cognition and the origin of culture. J. Theor. Biol. 431: 87-95. abstract
  11. Download PDF Hordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2017). Chasing the tail: The emergence of autocatalytic networks. Biosystems, 152:1-10. abstract
  12. Download PDF Hordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2016). Autocatalytic sets in polymer networks with variable catalysis distributions, J. Math. Chem., 54(10): 1997-2021. abstract
  13. Download PDF Hordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2016). Comment on "Tibor Gánti and Robert Rosen" by Athel Cornish-Bowden. J. Theor. Biol., 392: 122-123. introduction
  14. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2015). Conditions for evolvability of autocatalytic sets: a formal example and analysis. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres 44(2): 111-124. abstract
  15. Download PDF Steel, M. (2015). Self-sustaining autocatalytic networks within open-ended reaction systems. Journal of Mathematical Chemistry, 53(8): 1687-1701. abstract
  16. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2015). Autocatalytic sets and boundaries. J. Syst. Chem. 6: 1 DOI 10.1186/s13322-014-0006-2. abstract
  17. Download PDFHordijk, W., Smith, J. and Steel, M. (2015). Algorithms for detecting and analysing autocatalytic sets. Algorithms in Molecular Biology 10: 15. abstract
  18. Download PDF Sousa, F.L., Hordijk, W., Steel, M. and Martin, W. (2015). Autocatalytic sets in the metabolic network of E. coli. J. Syst. Chem. 6: 4. abstract
  19. Download PDFSmith, J., Steel, M. and Hordijk, W. (2014). Autocatalytic sets in a partitioned biochemical network. Journal of Systems Chemistry 5: 2. abstract
  20. Download PDFHordijk, W., Wills, P. and Steel, M. (2013). Autocatalytic Sets and Biological Specificity. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 76(1): 201-224. abstract
  21. Download PDFHordijk, W., Steel, M. and Kauffman. (2013). The origin of life, evolution, and functional organization. pp. 49-60 in Evolutionary Biology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Mechanisms Pierre Pontarotti (Editor), Springer. abstract
  22. Download PDFSteel, M., Hordijk, W., and Smith, J. (2013). Minimal autocatalytic networks. Journal of Theoretical Biology 332: 96-107. abstract
  23. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2013). A formal model of autocatalytic sets emerging in an RNA replicator system. J. Systems Chemistry 4:3. abstract
  24. Download PDFHordijk, W., Steel, M. and Kauffman, S. (2012). The Structure of Autocatalytic Sets: Evolvability, Enablement, and Emergence. Acta Biotheoretica, 60: 379-392. abstract
  25. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2012). Autocatalytic Sets Extended: Dynamics, Inhibition, and a Generalization. Journal of Systems Chemistry, 3:5 (in press). abstract
  26. Download PDFHordijk, W. and Steel, M. (2012). Predicting template-based catalysis rates in a simple catalytic reaction model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 295: 132-138. abstract
  27. Download PDFHordijk, W., Kauffman, S., and Steel, M. (2011). Required levels of catalysis for the emergence of autocatalytic sets in models of chemical reaction systems. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Special issue: Origin of Life 2011) 12: 3085-3101. abstract
  28. Download PDFHordijk, W., Hein, J. and Steel, M. (2010). Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life, Entropy 12(7): 1733-1744. abstract
  29. Download PDFE. Mossel and M. Steel. (2005). Random biochemical networks and the probability of self-sustaining autocatalysis. Journal of Theoretical Biology 233(3), 327-336. abstract
  30. Download PDFW. Hordijk, and M. Steel. (2004). Detecting autocatalyctic, self-sustaining sets in chemical reaction systems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 227(4): 451-461. abstract
  31. Download PDFSteel, M. (2000). The emergence of a self-catalysing structure in abstract origin-of-life models. Applied Mathematics Letters 13 (3): 91-95. abstract