Suggested Reading: 'Chemists show life on Earth was not a fluke'

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There are a variety of theories about life 'out there'. We can set aside the ones that say 'an all knowing old man who lives in the clouds made everything' but there are those who believe that life on Earth was a fluke. The thinking goes that it life on our planet required a combination of random factors that are unlikely to reoccur anywhere else. That theory appears to have been debunked in an article in the Conversation by Andrew Bissette:
"...scientists have used a set of these biomolecules to show one way in which life might have started. They found that these molecular machines, which exist in living cells today, don’t do much on their own. But as soon as they add fatty chemicals, which form a primitive version of a cell membrane, it got the chemicals close enough to react in a highly specific manner.

This form of self-organisation is remarkable, and figuring out how it happens may hold the key to understanding life on earth formed and perhaps how it might form on other planets."

Read the full article here.

In addition to reading the article, I'd like to suggest that you check out the publication 'the Conversation' and maybe subscribe to its feed. Originally from Australia, the Conversation has just added a UK Beta site. It is billed as "A new journalism project featuring content from the sharpest academic minds." The founding partners are, in fact, primarily Universities including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, City, Glasgow Caledonian, Liverpool, Open, Salford, Sheffield, Surrey, UCL and Warwick. In other words, it could be a welcome voice to the conversation and the 'marketplace of ideas'.
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