Special Issue "The Landscape of the Emergence of Life"
A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
The 3rd NoR HGT and LUCA conference on the landscape of the emergence of life (http://www.nor-hgt-luca.com/2014con.html), organized by Dr. Sohan Jheeta, will be held at Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, 3–4 November, 2016.
Trying to unravel the processes and mechanisms involved in the origin of life is a monumental task. This is simply because preRNA chemistry cannot not be reliably ascertained as it is not preserved in the form of chemical fossils. However, RNA molecules are conserved and can be traced from the point when chains of RNA molecules were formed from nucleotides, to the emergence of the three domains of life, giving some insight into how life may have been formed. The essence of this meeting (http://www.nor-hgt-luca.com/) is to explore this period, which is known as the RNA world, when RNA organisms termed the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) ruled.
Speakers in the conference are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Life.
Dr. Sohan Jheeta
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- horizontal gene transfer
- last universal common ancestor
- phylogenetic tree of life
- RNA world hypothesis
- genetic first hypothesis
- vesicle first hypothesis
- metabolism first hypothesis