Words, even meaningless words, have the power to create their own virtual realities in our minds.
“Abiogenesis” seems to draw its strength from pseudo-scientific folk-beliefs that life could somehow be made to emerge from non-life.
There are some biologists, such as Richard Dawkins, who still pin their faith in ideas which have resulted only in blankly negative experimental results.
Protocells place origin-of-life researchers in an awkward position: relying upon an imaginary entity to sustain their belief that only matter and energy exist.
Cell membranes are essential for life because they actively maintain homeostasis, providing a consistent environment inside the cell.