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Origin Of Life: New Study Spotlights Not Chemistry But How Living Things Store, Process Information

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Scientists trying to unravel the mystery of life's origins have been looking at it the wrong way, a new study argues. Instead of trying to recreate the chemical building blocks that gave rise to life 3.7 billion years ago, scientists should use key differences in the way that living creatures store and process information. 'In trying to explain how life came to exist, people have been fixated on a problem of chemistry, that bringing life into being is like baking a cake, that we have a set of ingredients and instructions to follow.' 'That approach is failing to capture the essence of what life is about.' Living systems are uniquely characterized by two-way flows of information, both from the bottom up and the top down in terms of complexity. 'This is a manifesto.' 'It's a call to arms and a way to say we've got to reorient and redefine the subject and look at it in a different way.'

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The cosmos of darkness and light and day and night... by Theresa Paulfranz on Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:07:32 AM