The Ribofilm as a Concept for Life’s Origins

@article{Baross2015TheRA,
  title={The Ribofilm as a Concept for Life’s Origins},
  author={J. Baross and W. Martin},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2015},
  volume={162},
  pages={13-15}
}
Recent phylogenetic data indicating that the first archaea were methane-producing galvanizes cross-disciplinary evidence supporting the hypothesis that life arose via thermodynamically directed events at hydrothermal vents. The new developments lead us to propose the concept of a ribofilm in which RNA's origin-of-life role is more akin to a slowly changing platform than a spontaneous self-replicator. 
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