What progress has been made in his
investigations stemming from the Lonsdale prize remains unclear, since Sutherland
escaped to the airport canceling my lunchtime interview with him.
and Powner published a remarkable paper in 2009 showing how these relatively complex nucleotides, the subunits of RNA, could be synthesized by a chemical process using feedstock.
not sure how John Sutherland
and Matthew Powner would define feedstock, but I assume that they mean relatively reactive simple molecules, simpler, in fact, than mononucleotides.
Powner and Sutherland are real chemists, organic chemists.
I have heard from Harry Lonsdale that Sutherland
thinks it might be 50 years [before we get to the bottom of the origin of life]."
Meanwhile, John Sutherland
, the big winner with Matthew Powner of the Lonsdale Origin of Life Challenge, is presenting on Tuesday.