Tibor Ganti was a Hungarian biologist who theorized the simplest possible living organism from which all life originated and called it the “chemoton”. Astrobiologists are looking for life using the basis of his work. It doesn’t matter if the life we find is carbon based like we are, there are fundamental organizational elements all life may model. Here’s the article where I read about all this.
So, here’s a scenario followed by a question: