Originally posted by sonhouse
They are getting closer to answering the question of how life got started. It is not so improbable as creationists like to think.
That is interesting research. I think personally think this new theory should be called very simply the "“proto-RNA theory" -who agrees?
the link says:
"the Georgia Tech group was able to achieve efficient, highly ordered self-assembly in water with small molecules that are similar to the bases of RNA. These “proto-RNA bases” spontaneously assemble into gene-length linear stacks, suggesting that the genes of life could have gotten started from these or similar molecules. "
so clearly this isn't just pure theorizing but they have got actual experimental evidence proving that what the theory says happened can definitely physically happen. Although this obviously falls short of proving this did
happen exactly this way, I am still very impressed!
I would say this proto-RNA theory is probably correct. I think it also gives greater credence to the idea that, given the right conditions including the presence of liquid water and a reducing atmosphere, the probability of abiogenesis occurring somewhere on a planet with those conditions is quite high.