Re: Life in the Lab -- Fox and the Nobel Prize

Moorad Alexanian (
Fri, 07 May 1999 08:55:26 -0400

My guess is that the most you can say about these protocells is that they
are the "protolife" in someone's theory of how life came into being. Nothing
more. Moorad

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From: Ami Chopine <>
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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