Before a trial and error process like natural selection can even get started, self-replicating molecules must have a minimal accuracy rate.
On a design-based view, it is not particularly surprising that the first life would be finely optimized to reduce copying errors.
The differing perspectives of Tour and Rimmer result from the differences in their starting assumptions.
When Farina addressed the science, he rifled through a long series of technical articles, but greatly exaggerated their relevance.
Rob Stadler and Eric Anderson examine a recent paper on the origin of life, “An RNA Polymerase Ribozyme that Synthesizes Its Own Ancestor.”