Correspondence

Is LUCA a thermophilic progenote?

Published online:
  • Subscribe to Nature Microbiology for full access:

    $59

    Subscribe
  • Purchase article full text and PDF:

    $18

    Buy now

Additional access options:

Already a subscriber? Log in now or Register for online access.

To the Editor — We wish to comment on several claims made in the paper by Weiss et al . 1 , which describes a genomic analysis that they believe is consistent with the origin of life and emergence of a progenote-like last universal common ancestor (LUCA) in hydrothermal vent conditions. The hydrothermal vent concept was proposed by researchers in the 1980s as an ocean would have been the dominant aqueous medium on the early Earth.

References

  1. 1.

    et al. Nat. Microbiol. 1, 16116 (2016).

  2. 2.

    , & Oceanol. Acta No. SP, 59–69 (1981).

  3. 3.

    & Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci. 358, 59–85 (2003).

  4. 4.

    , & Science 344, 1092–1093 (2014).

  5. 5.

    & J. Mol. Evol. 10, 1–6 (1977).

  6. 6.

    & in Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology 1962–1964 (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002).

  7. 7.

    & Photosynth. Res. 33, 137–146 (1992).

  8. 8.

    , , & Nucleic Acids Res. 41, D1079–D1082 (2013).

  9. 9.

    , & Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 102, 14332–14337 (2005).

  10. 10.

    & Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 9, 543–555 (2011).

  11. 11.

    & Biosystems 31, 111–119 (1993).

  12. 12.

    , , & Genome Res. 9, 689–710 (1999).

  13. 13.

    , , , & Nature 456, 942–945 (2008).

  14. 14.

    et al. Science 307, 1428–1434 (2005).

  15. 15.

    J. Mol. Evol. 83, 1–11 (2016).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3125, USA.

    • Johann Peter Gogarten
  2. University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064, USA.

    • David Deamer

Authors

  1. Search for Johann Peter Gogarten in:

  2. Search for David Deamer in:

Corresponding author

Correspondence to David Deamer.