New Scientist is currently flogging a paywalled theory on creating life without water:
No more primal soup: Creating life without water
Hard and fast evidence of how and where on Earth inanimate matter became animate is hard to come by. Other backdrops for life’s first steps have gained in popularity since Darwin’s time – around submarine hydrothermal vents, in ice or on Earth’s radioactive first beaches, for example. If pressed, though, most of us would still plump for the primordial soup.
In the …
So it’s not in the soup, maybe it’s in the spoon?
By the way, one respectable venue for extraterrestrial origin of life is comets, which have lots of water. There is water at the poles of Mars too, and Mars has been suggested as a source of early bacteria, when Earth and Mars were more similar.
The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (origin of life) offers a short, handy guide to how and why origin of life theories are currently going nowhere.
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