I agree that biologists are “organic-centric”, focuing most study on molecules like DNA and the proteins expressed by the genes encoded in DNA, rather than the fact that DNA need water for function, but don’t see how this is a problem.
Biology perpetuates a conceptual problem for itself, than makes the question of the formation of life harder to answer. Biology assumes life is organic-centric; DNA, RNA and Protein. The fact remains, lab tests have shown that none of these molecules will work if we take away the water. Lab tests have also shown you cannot substitute any other solvent and make the DNA or the proteins work.
There’s simply much more to study with large, complicated molecules like DNA than small, simple ones like H2O. A typical geneome, like the human one, is about 10,000,000,000 times larger (about 3.3 x 109 base pairs, about 1011 AMU) than a water molecule (18 AMU). Studying the genome allows biologists to understand and change the traits of biological organisms. Studying water does not.
I think you’re erring in taking your “partnership” analogy literally, H-bond.
From this basic data, I would conclude that life is based on a partnership between water and organics, with both parts needed to create life.
The team approach, like the husband and wife, means there not just one way, but two ways at the same time, with compromises needed to reached, to reflect the needs of each, with these compromises having sweet spots; milestones. Lowest potential is when both husband and wife are satisfied with the result.
The water in a biological organisms can’t have multiple states like “satisfied” and “not satisfied”. Unlike an organism like a human, water doesn’t have structures like neurons that allow it to think, remember, and plan.
Can you back this claim up with a link or reference, H-bond I wasn’t able to with a quick web search.
One useful observation, that tells us somethings about the evolution of life, is DNA is the most hydrated molecule in the cell.
As you correctly point out in your post, if DNA isn’t surrounded by a layer of water, it doesn’t assume its B form, and doesn’t function. But many other structures in the cell don’t function unless surrounded by water. I don’t see how one can say they are more or less hydrated than the cell’s DNA. Water it vital to all intra- and extra-cellular biological activity.