In a series of lectures and articles, organic chemist James Tour has exposed how research related to the origin of life (OOL) has been scandalously misrepresented to the public.
Tour is not one for mincing words: “The people who might disagree with me are biologists because they’ve never made anything.”
Most of us think of science as the enterprise of seeking truth by formulating hypotheses and testing them against the evidence. This is empirical science.
The authors argue that RNA molecules appeared in warm little ponds more than 4.17 billion years ago, transported by “meteorites and interplanetary dust particles.”
“Warm little ponds,” in Darwin’s quaint expression, are actually very hostile environments for generating nucleotides.