To make the popular assumption that the gas and dust came from preexisting stars is simply to reason in a circle.
The stars at the tips of pillars are said to be newly formed.
NASA In 1995, newborn stars were reported to be emerging from giant pillar-like structures of gas and dust in the Orion and Eagle Nebulae, both a few thousand light years from the earth. Stars are thought to form inside the clouds after which their stellar winds of radiation slowly clear the region.
The search for evidence of planets outside the solar system is sometimes described as seeking the "Holy Grail," a much overused term in current astronomy.
In the past, many experts have reported planets orbiting distant stars, only to retract their claims with embarrassment later.
Instead, publication of fresh data is welcomed since it helps us further refine the creation position.