I saw a description of the "minimum requirements" for a cell at http://creation.com/origin-of-life in the section called "What are the minimum requirements for a cell to live?" and I'm wondering if this is scientifically accurate - and if not - what are the real requirements?
[note/warning - the link above is to a creationist site - I'm only quoting this source because I'm trying find the science involved and I didn't find other sources talking about all the necessary pieces. I'm not trying to promote creationism with this question so please don't attack the source or me for bringing it. If you can find a non-creationist source which outlines these requirements, I'll be happy to update the question and remove this source.)
In summary it lists the requirements as follows:
- cell membrane
- way of storing information (DNA)
- way of reading 2. to make components needed
- RNA polymerase
- gyrases to untwist DNA
- ribosomes to make proteins
- (a few others I omitted b/c I don't know if they're really important)
- means of creating fuel (ATP synthase)
- a means of copying the information for reproduction
The context of the question is similar to Can scientists create totally synthetic life? and a question I wrote What is the most complex biological organism (or precursors) that we have been able to synthesize from raw materials?.
I'm trying to understand what would be involved in making a cell from scratch. Somehow I found this source but I don't know if it's accurate.