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Life from an RNA World

The Ancestor Within

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$23.00 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674060715

Publication Date: 03/18/2011


208 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

13 line illustrations


  • Introduction to Your Ancestor
  • 1. Before We Begin: A Voluntary Chapter
  • 2. Framing the Problem: The Buffalo and the Bacterium
  • 3. The Big Tree: No Jackalopes Please
  • 4. A Dance of Atoms
  • 5. Allegro Agitato: The Origin of Life
  • 6. The Winds That Blow through the Starry Ways
  • 7. Tornados in a Junkyard
  • 8. Between Genomes and Creatures
  • 9. A Thumbnail Molecular Biology
  • 10. RNA Structure: A Tape with a Shape
  • 11. Intimations of an RNA World
  • 12. The Experimentally Impaired Sciences
  • 13. Test Tube RNA Evolution: First Light
  • 14. Selection Amplification: Interrogating RNA’s Possibilities
  • 15. RNA Duplication: Replicase Activity in Real RNAs
  • 16. RNA Capabilities and the Origins of Translation
  • 17. The Quest for the Peptidyl Transferase
  • 18. A Language Much Older Than Hieroglyphics: The Genetic Code
  • 19. Assume a Spherical Cow: The Ribocyte
  • 20. The Future of the RNA World
  • Lexicon
  • Index

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