LUCA Lived in a Sea Vent?

The scientists suggest that life on Earth originated at photosynthetically-active porous structures, similar to deep-sea hydrothermal vents, made of zinc sulfide (more commonly known as ). They argue that under the high pressure of a carbon-dioxide-dominated atmosphere, zinc sulfide structures could form on the surface of the first continents, where they had access to sunlight. Unlike many existing theories that suggest was a hindrance to the development of life, Mulkidjanian and Galperin think it actually helped.

From: "Scientists propose new hypothesis on the origin of life" Physorg.com

UV radiation helped life as we know it develop? We may all be mutants yet...

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