This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps 

A bizarre tentacled microbe discovered on the floor of the Pacific Ocean may help explain the origins of complex life on this planet and solve one of the deepest mysteries in biology, scientists reported on Wednesday.Two billion years ago, simple cells gave rise to far more complex cells. Biologists have struggled for decades to learn how it happened.

Source: This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps | Portside

Origin of life clue is seen in chemical droplets that divide

OOL researcher David Deamer disputes the new claim. “The mechanism is a far cry, he noted, from the complicated, multistep process by which modern cells divide.” But so? It’s the Narrative, right?

Source: Origin of life clue is seen in chemical droplets that divide | Uncommon Descent

Marcos Eberlin: Unguided Origin of Life “Sold to Us,” but Its Assumptions Are “Insane” 

It’s time now to “surrender to the data,” which as he argues, points to the works of foresight and planning in the origin of the first life.

Source: Marcos Eberlin: Unguided Origin of Life “Sold to Us,” but Its Assumptions Are “Insane” | Evolution News

Marcos Eberlin: Unguided Origin of Life “Sold to Us,” but Its Assumptions Are “Insane” 

It’s time now to “surrender to the data,” which as he argues, points to the works of foresight and planning in the origin of the first life.

Source: Marcos Eberlin: Unguided Origin of Life “Sold to Us,” but Its Assumptions Are “Insane” | Evolution News

First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes 

Scientists have discovered that the building blocks of proteins can stabilize cell membranes. This finding may explain how the first cells emerged from the primordial soup billions of years ago: The protein building blocks could have stabilized cell membranes against salt and ions that were present in ancient oceans. In addition, membranes may have been a site for these precursor molecules to co-localize, a potential mechanism to explain what brought together the ingredients for life.

Source: First cells may have emerged because building blocks of proteins stabilized membranes — ScienceDaily

Origin of life insight: Peptides can form without amino acids 

Peptides, one of the fundamental building blocks of life, can be formed from the primitive precursors of amino acids under conditions similar to those expected on the primordial Earth, finds a new study.

Source: Origin of life insight: Peptides can form without amino acids — ScienceDaily

Coffee! Politicians and the origin of life | Uncommon Descent

Philip Cunningham’s vid on calculations of a single protein forming by chance was picked up recently:Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1_KEVaCyaA&feature=youtu.be “For a protein made from scratch in a prebiotic soup, the odds

Source: Coffee! Politicians and the origin of life | Uncommon Descent