If you are right, Mod, then you have discovered an important biological principle. I'll call it the "abiogenic truncation principle"”once abiogenesis is successfuly established it cannot happen again, because existing biotic will truncate its late appearance by having it for lunch.
Modesty forbids me from leaving it there. I wasn't the first person to think of this by a long shot. Darwin said it a looong time ago.
It is mostly referenced to a letter he wrote to JD Hooker:
quote:It is often said that all the conditions for the first production of a living organism are now present, which could ever have been present. But if (and oh! what a big if!) we could conceive in some warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc. present, that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes, at the present day such matter would be instantly devoured or absorbed, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed.
The date given for this is often February 1, 1871. I am unfortunately unable to find the full letter online.
The 4 digits in every organisms genetic structure equates to a 'quadnary' language (a term which does not yet exist to my knowledge, but is quite useful (Ironically, when I searched for the term, the only match that came up was the word 'quandary'))
A term exists for base four, it is known as Quaternary.