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1. Comment #305627 by Uhtred

My view is that we need to stop thinking of the transition from "no-life" to "life" as anything really special. The "problem" with life is that it spreads and erases most traces of what has gone before. There really is no truly primitive life left on Earth - even the viruses and bacteria we see are the result of billions of years of evolution. So, we tend to think of life as complex. If we went back to the origin of life, we may have seen some polymers catalysing their own formation, and not even notice that "life" had begun.

My feeling is that the origin of life is not hard, and isn't that special.

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:47:00 UTC | #291183