Did Life Begin in Hot Water?

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Science  03 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5360, pp. 31
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5360.31

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The first project of Genoscope, France's new gene sequencing center (see main text), will be to sequence the entire genome of Pyrococcus abysii, a member of a strange group of microbes known as the Archaea, which lives in undersea hydrothermal vents. When the sequence is completed later this spring, researchers will be able to start looking for answers to such fundamental questions as whether life first arose in hot or cold conditions, a heated debate among evolutionists.