The ribosome as a missing link in the evolution of life.

@article{RootBernstein2015TheRA,
  title={The ribosome as a missing link in the evolution of life.},
  author={Meredith Root-Bernstein and Robert Root-Bernstein},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={367},
  pages={130-158}
}
Many steps in the evolution of cellular life are still mysterious. We suggest that the ribosome may represent one important missing link between compositional (or metabolism-first), RNA-world (or genes-first) and cellular (last universal common ancestor) approaches to the evolution of cells. We present evidence that the entire set of transfer RNAs for all twenty amino acids are encoded in both the 16S and 23S rRNAs of Escherichia coli K12; that nucleotide sequences that could encode key… CONTINUE READING
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