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Scientists may be zeroing in on Origin of Life on Earth - Thoughts?

What steps led to the origin of life on Earth? Scientists may be zeroing in on that most profound of questions. “We’ve gone a long way to showing” the processes that “set the stage” for cellular life on Earth, Jack Szostak said Tuesday here in his talk at the 60th annual Nobel Laureate Lectures at Lindau.

He cited discoveries of microbes eking out existence in steaming hot springs in Yellowstone, in an acidic environment in Rio Tinto, Spain, and other hostile locations. “Even in rocks, there’s life,” he added, showing the audience an image of a green streak tenaciously spreading through rock. “Once life gets started, it can adapt and colonize many, many different environments.” In addition, astronomers have found hundreds of planets in other solar systems, and the space-based Kepler telescope recently identified more than 700 more candidate exoplanets. Many of those could have Earth-like conditions ...

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Asked by beachmamaof2 at 2:25 PM on Jun. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 2:25 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • You know what I REALLY wish they made sure to highlight, underline, and focus on when they teach science? The small little SIGINIFICANT word THEORY. These are THEORIES that they work with. They dont KNOW and even if they THINK this it they dont KNOW. It will still JUST be a theory. And these theories change ever 10 or 20 years. Soooo I take them with a grain of salt :)


    Answer by momof030404 at 2:39 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • In a dark tomb, about 2 thousand years ago, Christ's eyes opened. He had been dead and is alive.

    Now it's possible for ANYONE to live forever.

    It changed human history.

    I need a "scientist" to take me to that origin!
    I mean, I like microbes much as the next person........



    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 2:42 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Cool, so they think they will be able to pinpoint exactly which life God created first! :)

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:11 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • I know where life on earth came from and it wasn't an accident or some weird combination of circumstances. Yes, I believe in creation.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:28 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • actual scientists, or answersingenisis "scientists"?

    Answer by autodidact at 4:58 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • well, I wish them good luck with it. How are they going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, or even a reasonable doubt, how life started here on Earth? Are they planning on duplicating the process? How can they ever prove that **THIS** is how life originated way back in the "primordial ooze"??? I really don't think they will ever know for 100% certain until they face their maker and ask straight out. They probably won't understand the answer, though.

    Answer by 29again at 5:55 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Hey autodidact,

    It's not Genisis

    Did ya mean "Genesis"????????

    Okey dokey.............

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 5:59 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • hey Grace, I couldn't care less.

    Answer by autodidact at 6:24 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

  • Why would Christians be upset? 1) God created creatures first. and thats ASSUMING they can PROVE this and it's not a THEORY.


    Answer by momof030404 at 6:49 PM on Jun. 30, 2010

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