Oparin is back. Some origin-of-life researchers are using his coacervate theory without giving him credit or realizing they are retreading dead-end ideas.
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.
After Oparin’s coacervate theory was presented in the 1920s, it was dismissed as unworkable. Now, coacervates are back in style.