[Press Release] Discovery of a primordial metabolic system that gives us a glimpse of the origin of life on earth

[Press Release] Discovery of a primordial metabolic system that gives us a glimpse of the origin of life on earth

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 2018/2/5 17:00
The tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle is a key metabolic mechanism essential for most organisms. The research group that includes Prof. Yoshito Chikaraishi (Division of Earth System Science) revealed that a thermophilic bacterium isolated from a hydrothermal field in the Southern Okinawa Trough has a novel tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, possibly the most primitive form yet known.

This research outcome is published in Science.

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Graduate School of Environmental Sceince, Hokkaido University