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Gordon Research Conference on origin of life turns to “intelligent design”?

As long as it is their own, seemingly:

Galveston, Texas, January 12-17, 2014

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Originating Life in the Lab
OK. Maybe we cannot solve the historical question: How did life actually arise on Earth? Can we originate some of our own life by “intelligent design”? Could life have had a fundamentally different core molecular biology? This session will bring together leaders in the field who have shown that it might.
Discussion Leader: TBA
7:35 pm – 8:05 pm John Chaput (Arizona State University)
“Alternative sugars and genetic biopolymers”
8:05 pm – 8:10 pm Discussion
8:10 pm – 8:40 pm Chris Switzer (University of California Riverside)
“Odd DNA”
8:40 pm – 8:50 pm Discussion
8:50 pm – 9:20 pm Daisuke Kiga (Earth-Life Science Institute/Tokyo Institute of Technology)
“19 and 21 amino acid codes”
9:20 pm – 9:30 pm Discussion

Actually, they are onto something. Life created in the lab is a more reasonable pursuit, however mad, than trying to figure out exactly how it happened 4.5 billion years ago.

And we never got around to copyrighting the phrase “intelligent design,” so hey …  Now, if they start calling the project “uncommon descent … “

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