Okay, I went to the link you provided and I have to admit, I had to look up "self-polymerize" - this stuff is really slow reading for me. I'll have to look at it a few times before I am gonna get it. But I think the main gist is that we are talking about chemicals getting together, forming into a very basic cell-like structure, ... The attached reading material is somewhat difficult as well and has a lot of "out of my league" stuff.
No problem, take your time and check all you want to, that is how the open-minded skeptic operates.
Yes, this is one possibility for the way cells formed, and it can be observed in the lab as well, so it is not just a hypothetical development.
... and then picking and choosing this and that until they achieve life-form? ...
Or just lots of trial and error "tests" with various chemical combinations until one occurs that takes off, that is the hypothesis.
I feel the need to ask if a life-form has been developed in a lab? or, is the current state of development still chemical compounds? No insult intended I just want to know!
No life form has been developed in the lab yet, and the current state is still chemical evolution - where we have replicating molecules that show some mutation and selection.
Of course this gets into the question of "what is life" -- and that is a whole nother ball or worms.
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