It seems that in every discussion i hear on the origins of life, they refer to some experiment back in the 1950s and sort of end there. So I was wondering if there have been any major scientific progress on what started evolution off from the initial chemical reations and what hopes there are currently of making progress? A chemical reaction so rare that it happened only once in the history of the universe sounds like terrible science.

Hi Markus,

this is a question that has popped up a couple of times before in various guises. Take a look here to see what was said: http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/punbb/v … .php?id=74
http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/punbb/v … php?id=511