The New York Times ran an piece on Tuesday (June 16th) about new advances in explaining the origin of life. They discuss four such advances that scientists are just now beginning to discover, from the how cell-like structures may have naturally formed from fatty acids to the handedness of molecules. The article can be found here.
Dr. Stephen Meyer, Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute and the author of the forthcoming book Signature in the Cell, responded to the article by addressing the problem of the origin of biological information. Meyer's response can be found here.