Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
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Hartman, H. 2002. Progenotes. eLS. .
- Published Online: 22 MAR 2002
The progenote is a hypothetical candidate for the last universal cellular ancestor. There are two major conjectures associated with this entity: (1) the progenote's genome is based on RNA rather than DNA and (2) the replication, transcription and translation of this RNA organism had a much higher error rate than the ensuing DNA-based cells.