The summary for a recent article in Science reads,
The origin of life remains a daunting mystery in part because rather than knowing too little, we increasingly know about too many possible mechanisms that might have led to the self-sustaining replication of nucleic acids and the cellularization of genetic material that is the basis of life on Earth. (paywall)
Yes, um, the mice had that problem when they were meeting about belling the cat. A million ways to bell a cat but not one that doesn’t include dealing directly with the cat.
The “cat” in this case is doubtless that all the acceptable ways make assumptions that don’t work out. One way that worked would have been enough.
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