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Siefert Abstract

LUCA (Last Universal Cellular Ancestor) and the 3 Domains of Life
Janet Siefert (Rice U.)
This talk will trace research efforts to understand the progression of life from cellular entities, to the last universal common ancestor of life on earth, to our efforts to understand life's pedigree in a three domain regime. This talk will place these efforts in a historical context and consider what future directions are possible to better refine our understanding.