Cambridge Study Reveals How Life Could Have Started From Nothing – Mic August 29, 2014Posted by sandyclaus in Drake Revisited.
“In the beginning we had hoped to find one reaction or two maybe, but the results were amazing,” said Ralser. “We could reconstruct two metabolic pathways almost entirely.”If these metabolic pathways were occurring in the absence of RNA in conditions rich with iron and other metals and phosphate, it seems increasingly likely that life could have literally started from nothing and spontaneously formed in ways until now believed impossible. So what? “I think this paper has really interesting connotations for the origins of life,” says Matthew Powner at University College London. “For origins of life, it is important to understand where the source molecules come from.”