Scientists Offer New Way To Look At The Origins Of Life

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People have been trying to understand the origins of life on Earth through scientific means since the concept of science began and a pair of Arizona State University researchers suggests in a new report that we’ve been approaching the question incorrectly, almost from the beginning.

In a paper titled, titled “The algorithmic origins of life,” Paul Davies and Sara Walker proposed that understanding the correct chemical makeup for the origin of life only tells part of the story and scientists should also be focused on how chemical information is organized into life-creating processes.

They equate the shift in perspective to understanding how a computer works. To function, a computer not only needs hardware, akin to life’s chemical makeup, it also needs software, or chemical information.

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