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Suzan Mazur interviews senior NASA origin of life scientist

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Origin of Life Circus As Mazur tells it in The Origin of Life Circus,

In a couple of e-mails to me in January 2013, Andrew Pohorille, the senior-most scientist at NASA working in the origin of life field, objected to my story, “The RNA World’s Last Hurrah?”, “The RNA World’s Last Hurrah?”, in which I interviewed Paul Davies’ collaborator at Arizona State University, physicist Sara Walker.

Pohorille seemed furious at story comments doubting the RNA world, although the Walker interview was a Q & A, and I’d quoted the “experts” and linked my interviews with them: biochemist Pier Luigi Luisi, wh characterized the RNA world as a baseless fantasy; theoretical biologist Stu Kaffman hadn’t worked; and Walker, who told me “most of the origin of life community don’t think that’s the definitive answer.”

The story gets better, of course. But that would be telling …

Maybe RNA world survives among pop science writers and high school teachers. That could make up for many defects, no?

See also: RNA world would work if only life were simpler

2 Replies to “Suzan Mazur interviews senior NASA origin of life scientist

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    Seversky says:

    Some very interesting work on abiogenesis, by the look of it. The proposals by Walker and Davies concerning the role of information in abiogenesis is both intriguing and a provocative alternative to the usual trope of information inevitably pointing to a designer.

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    awstar says:

    Maybe RNA world survives among pop science writers and high school teachers. That could make up for many defects, no?

    If Haeckel’s embryos are any indication as to how long a failed explanation can survive in the Darwinian controlled world of science, RNA world has a long ways to go.

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