Universal functional requirements, but without the identity of material components — sounds like design.
There is a cookbook being proposed for “prebiotic soup recipes” — that is, combinations of non-living chemicals plausibly present on the early Earth.
Many people I know in the ID community are strongly interested in rethinking mutation, understanding it as a designed or regulated process.
As I stood by the lab doorway, Lewontin — who was sitting right down front — looked back towards the door and caught my eye.
“The selection of one such possibility out of the combinatorically large number of possibilities is a process that requires information.”