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Origin-of-life researchers have discovered a new challenge to a naturalistic explanation of life’s origin. In a naturalistic scenario, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor have been proffered as sites for the synthesis of proteins by nonliving (abiotic) means to bring about simple life forms. However, amino acids found to exist at 308°C (586°F) near a deep ocean hydrothermal vent prove not to be abiotically synthesized. Rather, an adjacent microbial oasis contaminated the hot water with the decay products of once-living organisms. Consequently, the discovered amino acids provide no support for the hypothesis that simple compounds can assemble themselves under hot abiotic conditions into proteins. Thus, it still stands that the only possible cause for life’s origin is a supernatural Creator.   

·         Yoshimori Takano et al., “Amino Acids in the 308°C Deep-Sea Hydrothermal System of the Suiyo Seamount, Izu-Bonin Arc, Pacific Ocean,” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 219 (2004): 147-53.


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