(With apologies to REM)
That's great, it starts with a cell wall paramecium and bacterium, then a bird in flight And Richard Dawkins is not afraid Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn World serves its own needs, don't miserve your own needs
It's the end of religion as we know it (It's time I had some time alone) It's the, it's the end of religion as we know it (It's time I had some time alone) It's the, it's the end of religion as we know it (It's time I had some time alone) And I feel fine
The last big mystery that science has not been able to explain, that science has only been able to speculate about, the only peg religion really has to hang it’s hat on anymore, is the question of how life began. Everything else, from lightning and thunder, through the role of the sun in the day to day processes of the earth , all the way to how man evolved from a common ancestor with Cheetah, have all been pretty much narrowed down, if not completely explained by science. But how life began, well, all the deists have been waiting with bated breath for an answer. To which science has said – “be patient, we’re working on it”.
Now, perhaps, we may finally be able to say, we will have an answer. Scientists are racing to create artificial life, with the chemical building blocks we now know were used in the original process.
Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of “wet artificial life.”
You’ve all heard of abiogenesis? This is what scientists are attempting to re-create in the lab. There are three steps that need to be passed to be successful:
- A container for the cells to be created must be constructed.
- A genetic system, similar to the one we all know and love,must be formulated
- A metabolism that extracts raw materials from the environment and turns it into energy to power the created life must be made
One of the leaders in the field, Jack Szostak at Harvard Medical School, predicts that within the next six months, scientists will report evidence that the first step — creating a cell membrane — is “not a big problem.” Scientists are using fatty acids in that effort.
So it looks like it’s only a matter of time. Three to ten years doesn’t sound like all that long a time.
One can only wonder at religion’s response.
Do I hear death knells ringing?