There was a recent study that measured 100 mega volt/cm electric fields in the water around the DNA; see link below. You need physical chemistry to explain that, with physical chemistry part physics and part chemistry. The fact still remains that hydrogen atoms have extra potential at the nuclear level, due to lack of fusion and mass burn, from the beginning of the universe. For example, there is less proton repulsion since there is only one positive charge in the hydrogen nucleus. This alters the wave function for the nucleus. This extra mass potential and lower repulsive charge potential, impacts the potential energy of the nucleus. If you assume a unified theory of force, the hydrogen proton has unique profile based on the unified force. Water is interesting in that quantum tunneling often happens in pairs, whereas in other material this happens as singles. https://phys.org/news/2016-08-ultrastrong-ultrafast-localwater-electric-fields.html I understand there is well funded, blue sky research, that looks at alternate life, such as life in other solvents. I like blue sky science and research since this can be very interesting. However, nobody, as of yet, has even proven or demonstrated a single tangible example of life in other solvents, other that water. Blue sky research is nevertheless performed because it can lead to new understanding, even if the original goal is not met. However, just because it is funded, does not mean it is real or a done deal. It may be funded with hope it can lead to new understanding with commercial benefits. In terms of pure science, there is no proof life in other solvents is even possible. We can could blue sky research about the possibility of Big Foot. This may never pan out, but it may lead to new understanding in terms of evolution. It should be funded and discussed, but not because it is a done deal. Only water and life has hard proof. I am sticking to the hard observational facts of life and not allowing blue sky out of the box science, to be treated as a done deal. Once you can make this distinction then, it makes more sense to extrapolate water out of the box, into the blue sky, but this has a solid foundation in physical chemistry and in life.