Origins of Life Studies - Oxford Handbooks
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date: 29 November 2015

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This article provides insights on emerging discipline of origins of life studies. It answers various questions such as the logics behind scientific concepts and the scope and limit of biological science. It is now generally accepted that life existed around 3.5 billion years ago on earth. If life began elsewhere, then the time window for life's origin might be wide open. Narrowing the gap puts the idea that there is room for God to explain the gaps in nature left by scientific uncertainty. Some fundamental heuristic principles are discussed based on continuity, microreversibility, actualism. The origin of life appeared to be a problem, when it was realized how complex the interrelations between DNA as the carrier of genetic information and protein were. Origins of life researchers use biological, chemical, and physical laboratories to challenge how life might have emerged in the harsh conditions of early Earth.

Keywords: life, origins, earth, DNA, genetics

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