Replication or Metabolism??
Our class examined arguments for both metabolism-first and replication-first hypotheses. Some camps believe either rudimentary metabolic or primitive chemical reactions started on their own and eventually enclosed in an organism some time later. In class, I arrived at the conclusion that these processes must have occurred simultaneously, however low the probability may be, it seems to me that some metabolic molecule could form peptides that change from generation to generation, eeking into both roles.
Are there some bid assumptions here?