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Life 2015, 5(2), 1445-1453; doi:10.3390/life5021445

The Routes of Emergence of Life from LUCA during the RNA and Viral World: A Conspectus

Network of Researchers on Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Cellular Ancestor (NoR HGT & LUCA †), 1 Scott Hall Crescent, Leeds LS7 3RB, UK
NoR HGT & LUCA is a member of the Society of Biology.
Academic Editor: Helga Stan-Lotter
Received: 13 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 5 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Life Sciences)
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How did life emerge on Earth? The aim of the Network of Researchers on Horizontal Gene Transfer and the Last Universal Cellular Ancestor (NoR HGT & LUCA) is to understand how the genetics of LUCAs were reorganised prior to the advent of the three domains of life. This paper reports the research of eminent scientists who have come together within the network and are making significant contributions to the wider knowledge base surrounding this, one of science’s remaining mysteries. I also report on their relevance in relation to LUCAs and life’s origins, as well as ask a question: what next? View Full-Text
Keywords: horizontal gene transfer; HGT; LUCA; transduction; transformation; RNA; virus;  RNA-dependent RNA polymerases; origin of life horizontal gene transfer; HGT; LUCA; transduction; transformation; RNA; virus;  RNA-dependent RNA polymerases; origin of life
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Jheeta, S. The Routes of Emergence of Life from LUCA during the RNA and Viral World: A Conspectus. Life 2015, 5, 1445-1453.

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