Coevolution of RNA and Peptides

Authored by: Peter Strazewski

Handbook of Astrobiology

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138065123
eBook ISBN: 9781315159966
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b22230-29

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Abstract

This chapter presents initial conditions and emphasizes the importance of undertaking experiments that should lead from inanimate chemical systems to living, self-reproducing, and self-evolving cells. Particular weight is given to the emergence of a molecular code between nucleic acids and proteins. Personal opinions give insights into the motivation, risks, and difficulties that escort such an endeavor.

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