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The chemoton: Origin of life as a political issue?


Well, that’s one theory:

That wordy description can be distilled into something much more palatable without sacrficing accuracy: “genes, metabolism, and membrane,” science writer Michael Marshall wrote for National Geographic. When metabolism and self-replication are wrapped in a lipid shell, the most basic life – the chemoton – has emerged.

Hungarian scientist Tibor Gánti conceived the chemoton as early as 1952 and formally described it in his book Az élet princípiuma in 1971. The book’s title hints at why the chemoton has not received much attention. It was announced to the world in Hungarian, at a time when Hungary was behind the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain. The chemoton would not reach English readers until 2003, when RNA world was firmly entrenched as the leading theory of life’s origins.

Where the chemoton and RNA world collide is on enzymes. While Gánti’s theory views enzymes as the result of a long evolutionary process within cells, RNA world sees them as fundamental – RNA enzymes, called ribozymes, may have been performing all sorts of functions necessary to the proliferation of early RNA-based life.

Ross Pomeroy, “Could the Chemoton Conquer RNA World? ” at RealClearScience

See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips – origin of life What we do and don’t know about the origin of life.

Neither a chemoton, nor an RNA world can account for the beginnings of any sort of life. It has been shown by various people, that even the simplest possible initial entity that could reasonably be referred to as "life" needs numerous processes, nano-machines or "engines", sensors and actuators, and their coordinating mechanisms in place in order to survive, consume and reproduce. The estimates are for "hundreds" of such things, whether proteins, ribozymes, enzymes, portals, or other specific assemblages, and any such collection absolutely requires a significant amount (e.g. a megabyte or more) of meaningful information to account for it all. No natural process can provide large amounts of such information. Therefore, no natural process can produce even the simplest possible life form. When OOL scientists accept that, then they will perhaps start making progress. Fasteddious

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