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I am interested in this question as I'm doing research into early life on earth which is believed to have been single-celled. Therefore, by extension, it seems only logical that the first life would be as genetically simple as is possible, therefore I present the above question.

How many genes / pairs of AA would be the bare minimum for something to be considered alive and function as an organism.

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marked as duplicate by theforestecologist, anongoodnurse, canadianer, another 'Homo sapien', kmm Jun 24 '17 at 13:20

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