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This truly isn’t meant to be a stick in the eye for creationists/anti-evolutionists. This post is about a scientific breakthrough that is remarkably fascinating.
Scientists have accidentally discovered metabolic pathways mediated by non-organic molecules. The same process that occurs in cells, glycolysis, has been observed being “catalysed by metal ions rather than the enzymes that drive them in cells today.” And “many of these reactions could have occurred spontaneously in Earth’s early oceans.”
This could indicate an important precursor to the same process in cells.
As with any monumental discovery, it’s easy to treat this as overly conclusive. Nonetheless, this is, as far as I know, an unprecedented finding that may provide tremendous insights into the origins of life and inorganic compounds.
The mind reels.