I was very happy to see the prize going to John Sutherland, a member of the prizewinning team who was involved in ASU-OP's Origin of Life workshop and symposium a year ago.
will be visiting ASU
regularly and we'll be discussing this with him.
The interaction of these scientists was fascinating to see regarding issues of importance and standards of proof, like the early climate conditions on Earth and how they might be relevant to the building up of organic molecules - which is relevant to the work that John Sutherland
: Would you comment on why you think the proposal of British chemists, John Sutherland
and Matthew Powner, won the Lonsdale prize?
The organic chemistry work of John Sutherland
is perhaps THE most exciting work in the world, in my opinion, attempting to discover how organic chemistry in the absence of biology can allow the synthesis of molecules that can perform ultimately what RNA does.
The point is John Sutherland
is demonstrating we have tools to learn more about organic synthesis.