What if Life had evolved without using lipids as the primary building material for separating their cellular contents from the outside environment?
ProteoCell seeks to creatively address this question as part National Science Foundation "Understanding the Rules of Life: Building a Synthetic Cell" project.
Understanding the Rules of Life:
WHAT MAKES A PROTEOCELL?
Genetic MaterialProteoCells start from their customizable DNA parts encoding all the information necessary to create your desired structure/function.
Self-assemblyIdentifiable structures, assemblies, and shapes then emerge simply by available thermal energy.
HierarchyWhether within distinct liquid-in-liquid droplets or protein compartments, establishing hierarchical organization will sculpt functionality.