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Life from an RNA world : the ancestor within

Author: Michael Yarus
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A majority of evolutionary biologists believe that we now can envision our biological predecessors - not the first, but nearly the first, living beings on Earth. This title is about these vanished  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Yarus
ISBN: 9780674060715 0674060717 9780674050754 0674050754
OCLC Number: 913001077
Description: X, 198 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: * Introduction to Your Ancestor * Before We Begin: A Voluntary Chapter * Framing the Problem: The Buffalo and the Bacterium * The Big Tree: No Jackalopes Please * A Dance of Atoms * Allegro Agitato: The Origin of Life * The Winds That Blow through the Starry Ways * Tornados in a Junkyard * Between Genomes and Creatures * A Thumbnail Molecular Biology * RNA Structure: A Tape with a Shape * Intimations of an RNA World * The Experimentally Impaired Sciences * Test Tube RNA Evolution: First Light * Selection Amplification: Interrogating RNA's Possibilities * RNA Duplication: Replicase Activity in Real RNAs * RNA Capabilities and the Origins of Translation * The Quest for the Peptidyl Transferase * A Language Much Older Than Hieroglyphics: The Genetic Code * Assume a Spherical Cow: The Ribocyte * The Future of the RNA World * Lexicon * Index
Responsibility: Michael Yarus.

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Life from an RNA World is an unconventional book about RNA. Rather than opening with the central dogma and attendant teachings on molecular biology, Yarus uses evolution as a gateway. He then takes Read more...

 
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