Cellular Replication & Abiogenesis | Stars, Cells, and God

Join Fazale “Fuz” Rana and Sy Garte as they discuss new discoveries taking place at the frontiers of science that have theological and philosophical implications, including the reality of God’s existence.

Cellular Replication and Abiogenesis

Living cells are the only things we know of that replicate themselves with very high accuracy. Evolution requires such high replication fidelity to allow for natural selection to operate. Researcher Sy Garte used a statistical simulation model to determine how self-replication fidelity could evolve in early life. The model revealed a phase transition from nonliving chemical complexity to evolving living creatures. This illustrates the necessary noncontinuity of any process, including natural selection, that could lead to the origin of evolving life.


Evidence for Phase Transitions in Replication Fidelity and Survival Probability at the Origin of Life

The Continuity Principle and the Evolution of Replication Fidelity