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Mark O. Martin

This description of "non-Dogmatic" information transfer reminds me of all the great debates between Crick and Gamov and the others about how coding would work. But I do wonder if we are missing things. The Cairns-Smith "life from clay" was one approach:


And so far as the deeply weird, how about "cortical inheritance"? First described in protists, it is far more widespread:


Who knows what we are all missing? Joshua Lederberg used to wonder if we are so fixated on DNA/RNA based life that we might miss "shadow life" here on Earth! He used to suggest trying to grow organisms from an inoculum to which was added a huge amount of radioactive phosphorus. I don't know if anyone ever tried that!

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