Self-Sustained Replication of an RNA Enzyme by Tracey A. Lincoln and Gerald F. Joyce.
It was touted as evidence for self-replicating RNA and "evolution in a bottle" (SciAm).
The research is leading edge stuff and should give us a glimpse at the reducibility of living organisms.
If this paper is any indication, origin of life research isn't looking so good.
I say that because all the synthesized RNA did was make- catalyze- ONE connection.
It took two pre-synthesized sections and joined them together.
The "evolution" came with variance of sequence but the new sequences still performed the same function (the original sequence "died out").
This is a start and I hope they continue to see how far they can go-
Sooner or later the "mainstream" will come to realize what IDists have been telling them- living organisms are not reducible to matter, energy, chance and necessity.