Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life

  title={Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life},
  author={W. Martin and J. Baross and D. Kelley and M. J. Russell},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • W. Martin, J. Baross, +1 author M. J. Russell
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine, Geology
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • Submarine hydrothermal vents are geochemically reactive habitats that harbour rich microbial communities. There are striking parallels between the chemistry of the H2–CO2 redox couple that is present in hydrothermal systems and the core energy metabolic reactions of some modern prokaryotic autotrophs. The biochemistry of these autotrophs might, in turn, harbour clues about the kinds of reactions that initiated the chemistry of life. Hydrothermal vents thus unite microbiology and geology to… CONTINUE READING

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