WE noticed the first headline as we were logging off last night, and by now everyone in the blogosphere has something up about this. Having been scooped about the soup story, the most sensible thing we can do is direct you to sources of the news.
First, at EurekAlert, the online news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), we read New research rejects 80-year theory of ‘primordial soup’ as the origin of life. One excerpt:
For 80 years it has been accepted that early life began in a ‘primordial soup’ of organic molecules before evolving out of the oceans millions of years later. Today the ‘soup’ theory has been over turned in a pioneering paper in BioEssays which claims it was the Earth’s chemical energy, from hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, which kick-started early life.
Over at Panda’s Thumb they have this thread going: ‘Primordial Soup’ Ousted from the Origin of Life?!?‘
Finally, here’s a link to the journal BioEssays and the press release that started this cauldron bubbling. Describing what might supersede the existing theory, they say:
In rejecting the soup theory the team turned to the Earth’s chemistry to identify the energy source which could power the first primitive predecessors of living organisms: geochemical gradients across a honeycomb of microscopic natural caverns at hydrothermal vents. These catalytic cells generated lipids, proteins and nucleotides giving rise to the first true cells.
We’ll be writing more about this after the creationists chime in. Their reactions are predictable, so we anticipate two general lines of response: (1) “I ain’t no kin to no geochemical gradient!”; and (2) “Darwin wrong again, evolutionists in chaos!”
Update: See Klinghoffer Jokes about Primordial Soup.
Update: See Answers in Genesis on Primordial Soup.
Update: See Institute for Creation Research on Primordial Soup.
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