The Origin of the 5S Ribosomal RNA Molecule Could Have Been Caused by a Single Inverse Duplication: Strong Evidence from Its Sequences


The secondary structure of the 5S ribosomal RNA (5S rRNA) molecule shows a high degree of symmetry. In order to explain the origin of this symmetry, it has been conjectured that one half of the 5S rRNA molecule was its precursor and that an indirect duplication of this precursor created the other half and thus the current symmetry of the molecule. Here, we… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00239-012-9497-0

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