Another Failure to Recreate Life's Origins | The Institute for Creation Research
Another Failure to Recreate Life's Origins

A new study by NASA scientists has just been published where researchers did nothing more than convert a pre-cursor chemical into a single type of amino acid. Despite the simplicity of this experiment and the lack of anything helpful to evolution being found, the popular media exclaimed that the scientists were able to “recreate the ‘origins of life’ and the results are shocking.”1,2 In reality, the only thing shocking about this news story is the blatant absurdity of the claim.

From start to finish, the whole evolutionary story of life is void of empirical support. Tweet: From start to finish, the whole evolutionary story of life is void of empirical support.

Another Failure to Recreate Life's Origins: https://www.icr.org/article/another-failure-to-recreate-lifes-origins/

@ICRscience

#Science #Life

From start to finish, the whole evolutionary story of life is void of empirical support. And one of evolution’s greatest hurdles is the fundamental problem of how life could have begun. Cell life requires DNA, RNA, and proteins in a complex interlocking system in which each biomolecule depends on the other two to both exist and function. And, since each type of biomolecule also contains complex encoded information, then an intelligent agent is the only logical source for their existence—not random chance processes.
 
Many different types of experiments have been conducted over the past 60 years in attempts to recreate the molecular building blocks of life under so-called primitive conditions. But these experiments have all failed—as I have described at length in previous articles.3,4 And now we have another headline in the news making claims of success in solving the mystery of life’s initial origins. In the story describing the study, the author states, “A new NASA study has recreated the origins of life, building the ocean’s floors from 4 billion years ago as humanity attempts to understand how life started on Earth and where else it might be found.” As we shall see, this extravagant claim is entirely false.
 
The study in question attempted to create a scenario supposedly mimicking conditions surrounding a hydrothermal vent.2 Some evolutionists see deep-sea vents as providing conditions conducive to the spontaneous generation of life in a primeval early Earth covered by oceans. In today’s world, only highly specialized and engineered creatures capable of withstanding the extreme conditions are able to live near these vents. No spontaneous formation of life is occurring.
 
The research in the study utilized the organic compound pyruvate in a reaction with a specialized form of iron called an oxyhydroxide. Under the human-engineered and controlled conditions, the researchers were able to get the reaction to produce the amino acid alanine. In other words, only one of the twenty amino acids needed for proteins in a real living cell was produced and the media claimed it “recreated the origins of life.” Even worse, because living cells only produce and use left-handed chiral variants of amino acids, the study did not indicate what type was produced. Most likely it was a mixture of both left and right-handed molecules, which would be completely useless for life.
 
Adding to the origin of life absurdity surrounding this research was the fact that the starting compound pyruvate (pyruvic acid) is typically only produced in living cells in a metabolic pathway starting with glucose. On top of that, the reaction with iron oxyhydroxide could only productively take place at a controlled alkaline pH and a temperature of 158 degrees Fahrenheit. When looking at the details of the research paper itself, the overall value of this effort to advancing the evolutionary agenda is effectively zilch. So much for the hype.
 
References
1. Ciaccia, C. 2019. Fox News. NASA was able to recreate the 'origins of life' and the results are shocking. Posted on foxnews.com on February 26, 2019, accessed February 26, 2019.
2. Barge, L. M. et al. 2019. Redox and pH gradients drive amino acid synthesis in iron oxyhydroxide mineral systems. Proceedings National Academy Sciences USA. DOI.org/10.1073/pnas.1812098116
3. Tomkins, J. P. 2018. The Impossibility of Life’s Evolutionary Beginnings. Acts & Facts. 47 (3): 11-14.
4. Tomkins, J. P. 2018. Abiogenesis: Water and Oxygen Problems. Acts & Facts. 47 (4): 8.

Stage image: sea vent.
Stage image credit: Copyright © 2019 Ocean Exploration Trust. Adapted for use in accordance with federal copyright (fair use doctrine) law. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holder.
 
* Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University.

The Latest
NEWS
"Ancient" Fish Brain Evidence of Evolution?
A recent secular news article confidently asserts that a fish fossil discovered in 1995 “is an ancestor of the first land animals or four-limbed...

NEWS
The Role and Realm of Science
In society today, “science” often takes center stage as a significant influencer on policy decisions and public opinion. Climate change, pandemic...

NEWS
FOX News Discusses Creation, Evolution, and Adam
FOX News recently ran internet and television coverage discussing the creation/evolution controversy. Specifically, they discussed Adam’s place in...

CREATION PODCAST
Is Creation Science Really That Important? | The Creation Podcast:...
What is creation science, and why is it important? Why did an evolutionary scientist become a creationist? And how can you defend Christianity using...

NEWS
Evidence Supports Post-Flood Wet Climate for Egypt
Evolutionary scientists found evidence that the Sahara Desert was green and fertile at the end of the Ice Age, allowing people to live hundreds of miles...

NEWS
ICR Announces New Logo
After 52 years of fruitful ministry, the Institute for Creation Research is renewing its commitment to rigorous scientific research that affirms the...

NEWS
Inside January-February 2022 Acts & Facts
How can we use the Bible to guide scientific research? Why is counting ice core layers an insufficient way to determine Earth’s age? How does...

NEWS
Pterosaur Contours Look Engineered
Flying reptiles once flew through ancient skies. Most of our knowledge of these fascinating animals, called pterosaurs, comes from their fossils. But how...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Our Young Solar System
by Christy Hardy and Susan Windsor* You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation...

ACTS & FACTS
Donors Make It Happen
In 1 Samuel 30, there’s an interesting story that’s easy to overlook if you fly by too fast. David and his men are returning from Jezreel...