Scientists have come one step closer to figuring out how life on earth began, and it has creationists in a tizzy.
Researchers say they’ve found the missing link to the origin of life. The new research, involving two studies led by Charles Carter and Richard Wolfenden from the University of North Caronlina, suggests a way for RNA to control the production of proteins by working with simple amino acids that does not require the more complex enzymes that exist today.
This link would bridge this gap in knowledge between the primordial chemical soup and the complex molecules needed to build life. Current theories say life on Earth started in an “RNA world,” in which the RNA molecule guided the formation of life, only later taking a backseat to DNA, which could more efficiently achieve the same end result. Like DNA, RNA is a helix-shaped molecule that can store or pass on information. (DNA is a double-stranded helix, whereas RNA is single-stranded.) Many scientists think the first RNA molecules existed in a primordial chemical soup — probably pools of water on the surface of Earth billions of years ago.
If you had trouble comprehending that, just imagine how creationists feel. Although most likely, the difference between you and a creationist is that you don’t resort to ancient texts written by Bronze Age sheepherders to explain what you don’t know.