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.
Wow, the new Long Story Short video is out now, and I think it’s the best one yet — it’s amazingly clear and quite funny.
Membrane repair would have been necessary for the existence of the first cell. By what miracles did it arise?
Rob Stadler notes that the simplest existing single-celled organisms are far too sophisticated to have emerged through a blind process of prebiotic evolution.
Any progress toward life would be lost if a fully functional cell did not emerge within a reasonably short period of time.