Many scientists and professors who are outside boutique origin-of- life circles have been led astray by researchers’ claims and the subsequent press.
The impressive complexities of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biological molecules are presently developed in nature only in living things.
Perhaps scientists fear that acceptance of this conclusion would open the door to the possibility (or the necessity) of a supernatural origin of life.
The media narrative goes on, and the scientists, when they protest, direct their protests not so much at the media as at the skeptics and mavericks, such as Tour himself.
We are nearing a half-century since Eigen wrote about this paradox, and it “still challenges theoretical biologists.”