Did the first virus self-assemble from self-replicating prion proteins and RNA?

@article{Lupi2007DidTF,
  title={Did the first virus self-assemble from self-replicating prion proteins and RNA?},
  author={Omar Lupi and Paula Dadalti and Eduardo Cruz and Clyde Goodheart},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  year={2007},
  volume={69 4},
  pages={
          724-30
        }
}
DNA is the molecule responsible for storing and processing genetic information today. In Earth's primeval environmental conditions, RNA was probably more suited for this function, due to its capability to act also as a catalytic enzyme. Some proteins are stable and reliable molecules even in extreme conditions, and under certain circumstances, proteins may play a role in transmitting certain phenotypes that are inherited in a non-Mendelian manner. When the dominant native state of a prion… CONTINUE READING
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