A work in progress is what science is which is true, but how far does the speculation go? New Scientist reports that a new experiment indicates that nature can copy DNA without life…Speculation on how this gets accomplished goes like this…
“Inside many undersea hydrothermal vents, magnesium-rich rocks react with sea water. Such reactions create a heat source that could drive miniature convection currents in nearby pores in the rock, claim Christof Mast and Dieter Braun of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. They propose that such convection could concentrate nucleotides, strands of DNA, and polymerase, providing a setting that would promote replication.”
This is what you call an intelligent design experiment that doesn’t reflect the evolutionary hypothesis in which it’s trying to describe, the experiment was given DNA, DNA polymerase and nucleotides to start out with. Other experiments are at odds. Dr. Jeffrey Bada from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography argues against hydrothermal vents as potential places for life to have self-organize. He states, “…peptide bonds are also rapidly hydrolyzed at elevated temperatures. The steady-state concentration of peptides under hydrothermal conditions is therefore problematic.”
This experiment also fails to take into account a predicted young sun during an early earth that wasn’t generating enough warmth to keep the ice off the water where life was suppose to have evolved from. Reactions are much slower in cold temps. Also, a replication mechanism is a critical factor for without it, no maintenance, stability, and diversification of its components!
As for another experiment, Craig Venter’s achievement trying to create a synthetic genome was a remarkable feat, but not for creating life. All he did was copied a code, then borrowed existing parts, and depended completely on cell machinery. Since Darwinian evolution starts with life while not addressing how life got there in the first place, it was assumed that this experiment was part of history on how life arose not present history by man’s tinkering but billions of years ago and giving the credit to chance and time!
Similarities have been used to connect chemicals to humans which is known as common descent. It’s also used in trying to explain how a living cell was created. There is phosphorus in DNA and there is phosphorus in ATP. With this similarity, it was concluded that the earth required phosphorus for life to arise naturally. The explanation on how phosphorus got into the earth’s atmosphere is vague, full of speculation such as a special delivery from meteorites that reacted to form pyrophosphite under the acidic, volcanic conditions of early Earth.
Evolutionary scientists disagree on which came first, replication or metabolism but one could add energy to that as well. Dynamic interplay from food energy going into ATP production and out into work throughout the day is quite an amazing fact, also a great design created by God!