Evolution of the genetic code.

@article{Woese1973EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of the genetic code.},
  author={Carl R. Woese},
  journal={Die Naturwissenschaften},
  year={1973},
  volume={60 10},
  pages={
          447-59
        }
}
  • C. Woese
  • Published 1 December 1965
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Die Naturwissenschaften
The origin of the genetic code is not merely an evolutionary juggling of codon assignments until some optimal configuration is achieved. I t is, rather, the more interesting and profound problem of how codon assignments arose. This is part and parcel of the origin of a translating mechanism. A plausible scheme for the evolution of translation starting from a simple class of nucleic acid components is presented. Such an evolution may appear unique, idiosyncratic, when viewed only in terms of… 

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