Brian Miller discusses the Levinthal paradox of the interactome, the long odds of blind processes assembling the first cell, and the challenge of cell death.
Physicist Eric Hedin talks about the challenge the second law of thermodynamics poses for naturalistic scenarios for the origin of the first living organism.
Consider: the best minds in science and engineering are trying to approach the capabilities of bacteria.
Seeds of date palms from the Judean desert, over 2,000 years old, have sprouted and grown into healthy trees. What can we learn from their genes?
Clearly, the questions he and I have discussed are not only of scientific or academic interest, but instead go to the root of life’s meaning and purpose.