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Spontaneous generation was disproven by Pasteur in 1860 - one year after Darwin publishes his 'On the origin of species'. Darwin wrote later about a 'warm little pond' where the first living cell could have originated.
Is it possible to prove Pasteur's experiments wronf or do we have to conclude that life can only spring from life? Is abiogenesis possible and do we see any proof for it?
Steps into abiogenesis
Spontaneous generation was considered almost self-evident for a long time-until one scientist after another step by step disproved the concept - even in bacteria, even if all chemicals needed are present. Still many scientists assume that abiogenesis (another word for spontaneous generation) did take place, but that the circumstances were different. Almost all of the experiments in this field are related to the origin of simple organic molecules, but that is only step 1. You can discern at least seven steps in this process:
No real viable mechanisms are available. Some decades ago a scientist suggested a special syntropic power in matter (working against the natural tendency to chaos and falling apart) - but there's not a shred of evidence. Polyphylists will suggest this is beyond science.
Below: A minimum cell needs a minimum number of steps to be able to function properly
Watch the video "Inner Life of the Cell" and be impressed by the sheer complexity of the cell - and of life in general. The cell is filled with purposeful structures.
Even simple organic molecules can have two varieties - only one of these can be used in living cells
Proteins have to be folded in the right way - for some proteins special folding boxes exist
Origin of life and God filling the gaps?
Some people will say more research will lead to more understanding: we will less and less need God to fill the gaps. But in this case it seems to be the other way around. In former times it seemed so easy to believe in spontaneous generation, but first Redi, than Pasteur proved the idea wrong. More research has lead to the conclusion that we less and less understand how such complicated cells could be born by chance, by natural processes out of inanimate matter.
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