Friday, February 03, 2006

My Intro to Origin of Life Biology

I just read this fairly concise article that summarizes and discusses the current state of research in the area of biochemistry regarding the origin of life. It's the first I've been exposed to the chemical origins of life with any specificity. I recommend reading it (if you've got thiry to fourty-five minutes) if you're interested in early evolution. It takes some degree of familiarity with DNA and RNA which most college grads (and most high school grads) should have.

A warning though. The author, David Berlinski, is a senior fellow at the Discovey Institute. The DI is, of course, the driving force behind the push for Intelligent Design. As such, be a little wary of the frequent emphasis on the gaps in modern knowledge and the use of probabilities. But if you keep one eye out for possible bias, it presents a really interesting and succinct summary of a very intriguing field of study.


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