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The true nature of the difficulty with origin of life research

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Are we then getting any closer to an understanding the origin of life (assuming it had one)? As ever there is much optimism that indeed we are making progress. On the other hand, it often appears as if the origin of life question has become bogged down in ever increasingly sophisticated organic chemistry. The reality is that, despite the egos of some, the existence of life remains a mystery. It is not merely that biology is scratching the surface of this enigma; the reality is that we have yet to see the surface! – Milton Wainwright, molecular biologist, β€œMusings on the Origin of Life and Panspermia,” Journal of Cosmology, Vol. 5 (Jan. 30, 2010)

This and many similar comments from researchers on the nature of the difficulty of origin of life research are available here.

See also: With Enceladus the toast of the solar system, here’s a wrap-up of the origin-of-life problem

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3 Replies to “The true nature of the difficulty with origin of life research

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    Axel says:

    Love it! ‘It is not merely that biology is scratching the surface of this enigma; the reality is that we have yet to see the surface!’

    I’m not saying anything….

    Just come across this (though I doubt it contains anything BA77 hasn’t apprised us of. Perhaps less):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C5pq7W5yRM

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    Dionisio says:

    It is not merely that biology is scratching the surface of this enigma; the reality is that we have yet to see the surface!

    The description of the current situation could not be described much better than this.

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    Dionisio says:

    It is not merely that biology is scratching the surface of this enigma; the reality is that we have yet to see the surface!

    IOW, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

    πŸ™‚

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