On the Origin of Life

by Tom Veatch

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I'm no professional biochemist, but here's something very

interesting

which I haven't seen anyone explain before. I think that the single, miraculous, random event that keyed L.I.F.E...

is:

reverse transcriptase.
Or, you might say, the random assembly of nucleotides comprising, suddenly, the RNA sequence from which RT is generated. The idea is that...

So that is my idea of the essence of the evolution of life. There apparently were greasy puddles of nucleotides in the right part of the planet's evolution, undergoing day/night heat cycling and able to do protein synthesis without further aids. So with the one miracle of the random coming-together of the RNA for reverse transcriptase, the rest seems to be just cool and wonderful, but not actually dependent on God to overcome the infinite improbability of it all.

Tom Veatch

P.S. Am I wrong? Please send your comments to me here.

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