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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.


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

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