The notion that the building blocks of life were easily gotten may have seemed intuitive to journalists and others acquainted with Mary Shelley’s novel.
Alexander Oparin’s 1924 prediction that origin-of-life research would be solved “very, very soon” hasn’t quite turned out right.
Here is a small, representative sampling of such claims over the past three centuries. These claims are not from science, but they drive science.
As the pioneering chemical evolutionary theorist Alexander Oparin put it, “The problem of the nature of life and the problem of its origin have become inseparable.”
In a series of lectures and articles, organic chemist James Tour has exposed how research related to the origin of life (OOL) has been scandalously misrepresented to the public.