Once again we have a report of someone’s experiment that may shed new light on the possible non-life origins of life here on earth.  And once again, they fail to see the real scientific evidence staring them in the face telling them it couldn’t have happened that way.

A team of professors from the Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, Merced, claim that they had demonstrated how the precursors to RNA could have naturally formed prior to any life here on earth.

Many biological molecules have a mirror image form of itself.  This is known as chirality and the molecules are known as enantiomers.  Some classify the two opposite images as being right and left handed and others classify them as natural and unnatural.  In normal conditions, both natural and unnatural forms are equally found and generated, however, only the left handed or natural form will function in virtually all living organisms.

The team of researchers discovered that if they added simple amino acids to their solution that it yielded a molecular RNA precursor in an apparent stable crystalline form.  These crystalline forms can exist indefinitely until they are eventually converted into strands of RNA.

Of course the media jumps on the bandwagon and starts touting this as possible proof for the development of life here on earth without a clue as to what they are really talking about.

I don’t have access to the actual scientific paper so I am only going on what was reported by the media, but the first thing I would have to ask is which form of the amino acids were used?  Did they use both natural and unnatural forms equally or did they only use the natural forms to begin with?

Assuming they used equal amounts of natural and unnatural forms of the amino acids, how do they propose the crystalline form is then converted into functional RNA strands?  And even if you got RNA strands, there is still a giant leap from that to the first living and reproducing cell.  (see the series on the Simple Cell Series). The statistical probability of getting everything in place for the first primitive cell to form and be able to reproduce is still as close to zero as one can get.

Lastly, one needs to consider how much intelligence and direction was used to set up and guide this experiment.  Now consider the fact that they want you to believe that the same thing happened without any intelligence or any of the narrow parameters used in setting up the experiment.  It’s kind of ironic how much intelligence it takes to attempt to prove that no intelligence is needed to accomplish the same thing.

If these and countless other researchers just read and believed what God tells about His creation in Genesis 1 and 2, then perhaps they could put their minds and funding to better use.

Reference

Study Builds On Plausible Scenario For Origin Of Life On Earth, RedOrbit.com, August 11, 2011.

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