The most promising candidate for a “natural engine” is proton flows across thermal vents that theoretically could generate high-energy molecules.
Dr. Tyson’s imagination wanders from Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, to the Cambrian explosion.
We are nearing a half-century since Eigen wrote about this paradox, and it “still challenges theoretical biologists.”
“Warm little ponds,” in Darwin’s quaint expression, are actually very hostile environments for generating nucleotides.
Popular articles on origin-of-life research often portray the field as constantly advancing and quickly converging on a purely materialistic explanation for the first cell.