Let us give some thought to the Y chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster, that engaging fly which is the bond-servant of genetics.
How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination.
How many times have we heard it claimed that the vast majority of the human genome is “junk” and therefore could not have been designed?
We are nearing a half-century since Eigen wrote about this paradox, and it “still challenges theoretical biologists.”
Leading lights in origin-of-life research share their work and thoughts in a series of open-access articles about chemical evolution.