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.
Dr. Nelson will ask why a bacterial cell subjected to sterilizing sonication — or death by sound — will never come back to life. Ever.
On a trip to Northeast campuses, I had the privilege of speaking to students about the evidence for design in nature.
That would mean there was life very, very early in Earth’s history — as Cyril Ponnamperuma said, it’s like “instant life.”
In his new book, Tom Bethell cites a telling lecture by origin-of-life researcher Nita Sahai.