Life without organic molecules - exploring the boundaries of life
We are familiar with the notion of carbon-based life forms, but are there alternatives? In this article, I describe an approach to build a living machine from engineering materials that lacks any biochemistry but uses engineering methods to live. In devising this self-replicating machine, we explore broader scientific notions of what life might be and how it might be realized, rather than being limited to what it is on Earth.
Ellery, A. (2019). Life without organic molecules - exploring the boundaries of life. Biochemist, 40(6), 14–17. doi:10.1042/bio04006014