There is a cookbook being proposed for “prebiotic soup recipes” — that is, combinations of non-living chemicals plausibly present on the early Earth.
It is an interesting finding, but as Wells explains, it is far from the first problem discovered with the experiment, nor the most serious one.
Cornell University researchers allegedly “created a machine that can build copies of itself.”
All that is left is to add a factory to the Cornell device so it can produce for itself the molecubes that humans keep building and feeding them.
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.