3rd NoR HGT & LUCA CONFERENCE
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3rd NoR HGT & LUCA CONFERENCE

3rd NoR HGT & LUCA CONFERENCE

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The Open University

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It’s approximately 3.8 billion years since the first emergence of Archaea, Bacteria and later Eukarya from the last universal cellular ancestor (LUCA) of all living entities. With the advent of new techniques in the fields of phylogenetics and phylogenomics; systems and synthetics biology; comparative and meta-genomics; bio-informatics, as well as improved techniques in the detection of microRNAs within cellular life forms and species of viruses, we are beginning to peel back the layers of the metaphoric onion of life’s origins. LUCA is hypothesised to be an almost fully formed cellular organism with a cellular boundary and DNA as its code carrier. The eminent speakers at this conference will explore various aspects of the preLUCA, LUCA and virus connections via horizontal gene transfer (HGT).

For further information about this conference, please email Dr Sohan Jheeta: sohan7@ntlworld.com or visit our website: www.nor-hgt-luca.com

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