Posted: Dec 28, 2017 5:10 pm
by DavidMcC
Wortfish wrote:But can you get to a protocell with just chemical reactions?

Yes, and no - as I understand the science, without concentration of reactants in a small cavity, it is unlikely to happen fast enough for even 100MYr, because the open seas are way too big, and wouldmbe forever diluting the reactants too much.
Wortfish wrote:]Why bother synthesising them if that is the case?

Because 100MYr is, let's say, "rather too long to wait" for an experiment to finish.