What is Lipidia
Lipidia is a simulation system that is related to the "Lipid World"
scenario for the origin of life. Lipidia allows for conducting experiments
with a population of assemblies containing lipid-like molecules on a two
dimensional grid. The dynamics of the assemblies is modeled using the Graded
Autocatalysis Replication Domain (GARD) model. New experiments using a finite
environment model with GARD were conducted with Lipidia. The experiments show
that more self-replicating assembly species appear when using a model of
finite environment than when using a model of infinite environment. In many
species the number of individuals increases as well.
- Lipidia downloads
- the Lipidia Simulator, its source code, and various supplementary data
files. To run the simulator you must have Java
documentation - the full technical documentation of the simulator and
how it works.
- B. Naveh, M. Sipper, D. Lancet, and B. Shenhav, Lipidia: An
artificial chemistry of self-replicating assemblies of lipid-like
molecules, in Artificial Life IX: Proceedings of the 9th
International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living
Systems, J. Pollack, M. Bedau, P. Husbands, T. Ikegami, and R. A.
Watson, Eds. 2004, pp. 466-471, The MIT Press, Cambridge,