From: Ami Chopine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 1:13 AM
Subject: Re: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize
>Is it possible that while the protein protocells may be alive, they are not
>the way life began on earth? IOW, they are not the common ancestor of all
>life. If this is so, then we haven't truly achieved the goal of repeating
>experimentation what happened at the dawn of life.
>Also, why must we pick one scenario over another? Why not a combination of
>say, random replicators, clay, and protenoids?
>It is therefore possible that item 4 [information] may for
>> some part describe more advanced features that did not appear until later
>> the history of the origin of life. Their absence would not disqualify a
>> protocell from being alive if the protocell didn't need them to live.
>> Kevin L. O'Brien