In a lab some science people are looking at the DNA of a single cell life form in order to determine what chemicals are linked together in that DNA strand and in what order and amount.
Once they get the data they hope to find those same chemicals in nature and make a DNA strand in thier lab that would duplicate the one they investigated, they would put the strand inside a cell casing and watch to see if it acts like a living one-cell organisem. If the experiment works (and they have faith it will) then they will claim that life started when chemicals somehow came together to form the first DNA strand of a micro organisem.
If the man made organisem duplicates it's self and swims around normal like then they will have proof about how life started through some happening that made those chemicals unit in that manner.
So the concept would be that chemicals are thoughts waiting to happen, once the right combination is made - kaBoom, you got consciousness and a living thing that can know how to reproduce and how to survive with intelligent motion of some kind.
The more chemicals that were united in some sort of order the more intelligence that brain would have.
I posted this here instead of in the science section because I thought some religious folks might want to put in their two cents worth.
Do you think the science project will have success or not? And if so how would that effect our concepts about the orgins of life on earth?