Of course, it’s all about pre-biotic chemistry.
Chemistry. Remember that? Back then there were about 100 elements, 92 of which actually exist naturally on our planet. As of this writing, there are 118. Did you take chemistry in high school? College? I’m supposing that very few people, once they ‘taste’ it in high school, choose to repeat that adventure again. Some of us, with aspirations way-beyond our mental capacities, dared to venture into the land of chemistry at the higher levels. Let’s see if I can remember: General Chemistry I and II plus labs I and II; Organic Chemistry, Organic labs; Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, plus labs; Physical Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry.
Ah, the memories and the smell of sulfur and the chemical burns and…the poor grades!
So, about that Pacman image above. Nucleotide made up of just 5 of those 118 elements: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and phosphorous. Essentially it is sugar, water, a touch of nitrogen with a sprinkle of phosphorous. Two rather important nucleotides are DNA and RNA.
This brings the story back to pre-biotic chemistry- the chemistry that was ‘lying around’ before life on earth. In other words, other than the dueling creation stories in Genesis, scientists today are experimenting with pre-life chemicals to see if they can create a living, replicating cell.
Here is a simple experiment with fatty acids and water during which the acid molecules rearrange themselves, forming a membrane and ‘capturing’ other materials inside of them.
No magic formula; no lightning; no creation story; no deity. Just ‘lifeless’ molecules rearranging themselves into structures that are seemingly more useful.
No doubt the abiogenesis theory has fundamentalists in an uproar because when all of this is laid out, there is no need to have a creator to do some supernatural magic to create a living cell. The Nobel winning scientist Dr. Jack Szostak, who is on the very edge of discovering how life began, has a website for further exploration. One of his videos begins with a warning that a fundamentalist has been attacking his video.