Those who claim that life is a highly improbable event, possibly unique, have not looked closely enough at the chemical realities underlying the origin of life. Life is either a reproducible, almost common-place manifestation of matter, given certain conditions, or a miracle. Too many steps are involved to allow for something in between.
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Christian de Duve Vital Dust: Life as a Cosmic Imperative
Basic Books, 1995

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