Can the ideas of protocells really create a world that is not water based? I feel like water, because of it's unique shape, stability, and relative abundance, will always be one of the main ingredients in creating life. Also, protocell work only demonstrates one possible avenue for the origin of life, what I consider the holy grail of biology. I don't understand how fatty acids could naturally occur without living organisms, do they appear naturally?
the textbook has a simplified diagram on page 353 of how long carbon molecules (including fatty acids i guess) could have formed without organisms
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