Natalia Mrnjavac

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Weiss et al. reply — In response to our recent paper1, Gogarten and Deamer2 write in with five paragraphs. They focus on traditional views concerning the nature of the last universal common ancestor (LUCA). We find the current exchange worthwhile in that it highlights several important differences in older and newer concepts concerning both LUCA and(More)
The concept of a last universal common ancestor of all cells (LUCA, or the progenote) is central to the study of early evolution and life's origin, yet information about how and where LUCA lived is lacking. We investigated all clusters and phylogenetic trees for 6.1 million protein coding genes from sequenced prokaryotic genomes in order to reconstruct the(More)
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