In recent years, MIT physicist Jeremy England has gained media attention for proposing a thermodynamic energy-dissipation model of the origin of life.
For some theorists, the origin of life is defined as the natural origin of a self-replicating system capable of undergoing Darwinian evolution.
Evidence is growing that organisms share existing genetic information horizontally, not just vertically.
Louis Pasteur showed that what appeared to be life springing forth from nonliving matter was actually life emerging from exceedingly small living organisms.
Evolutionary theory and the development of the second law of thermodynamics are two of the three major scientific discoveries of the 19th century.