Life's Beginnings:

For hundreds of years, humankind has attempted and failed to decipher the essence of life and to extract that mystical quality which distinguishes the living from the inanimate. Fortunately in the past couple of decades, in a galaxy not so far away, a brilliant man known as John Conway came upon a marvelous discovery, the invention of the Game of Life. Conway's seminal work started a revolution of new ideas and sparked the field of cellular automata. Perhaps, because of Life, cellular automata will soon provide answers to the ultimate fundamentals of the universe.

This is a picture of early life vesicles which fused together to eventually form the first cells.