Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.
“The analogy that comes to mind is a golfer, who having played a ball through an 18-hole course, assumed the ball could also play the course in his absence.”
DNA is already known to be an ideal storage medium. Why not use cells to do the hard work?
Elaborate schemes to explain the origin of the genetic code from the laws of physics and chemistry miss the whole point about codes.
For our biochemistry geeks, one mug contains both the periodic table of elements and a DNA-amino acids codon wheel.