I know something is going to fun to read when BOTH Ariel Anbar and Bob Sterner send it to me. This one was particularly fun, as the email arrived from Ariel as I was sitting in the Astrobiology Strategic Planning meeting and sitting next to PIs from the Georgia Tech “Ribosomes” team. They knew all the players mentioned in the article.
The money line from the article is:
“Dr. Joyce said he was so impressed by the role of phosphate that “this makes me think of myself not as a carbon-based life form but as a phosphate-based life form.” “