Where Does Life Really Come From?

Arunan Senthil, Staffer

Have you ever looked up at the sky and thought about where life comes from, how did I come to being?

Well in truth there is no correct answer to this question yet, it is possible we will never find out where we have come from.

However, that will never stop us from giving a pretty good prediction on how life occurred, the most famous of which many scientists agree with being the RNA World Hypothesis. 

Before we dive into what this hypothesis is we can look at some anonymous beliefs of our peers in SRVHs, to see how they believed life to have formed(remember there is no definitive answer).

Many people believe that God created this world and everything that belongs in it, while this is a very interesting theory and could be true the evidence to back it up is not finite.

Another prevalent opinion is that life came to this earth from space, stardust, asteroids, etc, it is a possibility that cosmic impacts brought bacteria/living beginnings to our world. 

An opinion that is not as popular but, still deserves recognition is that one day life suddenly began, while there is no scientific permutation that can back up this or any other theories; no possibilities can be ruled out.

A theory that is the most accepted theory in the world by scientists and many others is the RNA World Hypothesis, which is very interesting since many people may not know what this hypothesis is.

The RNA World Hypothesis suggests that life on earth started with a simple RNA molecule that would then copy itself without help from any other molecules; the theory proposed by Carl Woese.

Carl Woese was a fantastic microbiologist who discovered a group of single celled prokaryotic organisms which, are known as archaea.

The reason that this idea is so widely accepted is that there are several possibilities for RNA’s making copies of themselves, while there being ongoing research in RNA World with new discoveries in organic chemistry and biochemistry there is no 100 hundred percent proof that this theory is true.

This theory is so amazing 50 years ago being just speculation and now turning into a prevailing idea is incredible however even though we may be on the path of breakthrough we must also keep in mind that there is a good possibility that this is completely wrong. 

The longstanding largest argument for this theory is that the self-replicating ribozymes are highly complex molecules and it is very unlikely that they are randomly polymerized/replicated. 

There being many theories for life such as abiogenesis, starting with electricity, from the sea, let us look at what an Christine Grahm a  biology teacher at San Ramon Valley and see her views on the beginning of life all around us.

As a college student, Ms. Graham was enchanted with the idea of the divine, and searched for more philosophy, when studying the sciences they tried to find evidence of the wonders in the universe still being baffled as to how everything formed.

The more she understood about the natural universe the more she felt that part of itself is the miraculous one; she believed that religion was, and is how humans answer questions that they can’t.

As we can see the truth being that there is any possible explanation for the questions we ask, we may never know the answer but science and religion do not have to go against one another they can coexist when studying nature that itself can relate to studying the divine.

Science and Religion can both be used to describe the wonders of this world/universe, as the great Albert Einstein once said “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”.