Multifaceted cell mimicry in coacervate-based synthetic cells

Alexander Mason (Corresponding author), Jan C.M. Hest, van (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Cells, the discrete living systems that comprise all life on Earth, are a boundless source of inspiration and motivation for many researchers in the natural sciences. In the field of bottom-up synthetic cells, researchers seek to create multifaceted, self-assembled, chemical systems that mimic the properties and behaviours of natural life. In this perspective, we will describe the relatively recent application of complex coacervates to synthetic cells, and how they have been used to model an expanding range of biologically relevant phenomena. Furthermore, we will explore the unique advantages and disadvantages of coacervate-based synthetic cells, and their potential impact on the field in the years to come.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)567-571
JournalEmerging Topics in Life Sciences
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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Multifaceted cell mimicry in coacervate-based synthetic cells. / Mason, Alexander (Corresponding author); Hest, van, Jan C.M. (Corresponding author).

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