Objective 13

 

Transcription capsule-vector and synthesis of proteins: Artificial protocell

 

The NanoBIOSOMA consortium will investigate the potential synthetic construction of a cell-mimicked compartment that, using an elemental genetic cargo, would be able to express proteins and self-reproduce, both of the necessary conditions for the presence of life at the molecular and cellular scale. This artificial cell would ideally be able of progressively grow under the internal production of proteins, and in a final step, of spontaneously separate its content in different new compartments perfectly differentiated.