A reader must ask if an RNA molecule could possibly govern chemical reactions, suppress free-riders, support co-operators, and act in its own self-interest.
Oparin is back. Some origin-of-life researchers are using his coacervate theory without giving him credit or realizing they are retreading dead-end ideas.
Professor Hansma maintains that sets of integrated reactions could have been directed by natural selection to gradually evolve into an autonomous cell.
These two have met in the past and they have a great rapport. The event is free. If you miss the live webinar you can also watch here later.
My interlocutor was Helen Hansma who pioneered the mica-sheet origin-of-life model.