RNA Worlds: From Life's Origins to Diversity in Gene Regulation

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Once thought to be just a messenger that allows genetic information encoded in DNA to direct the formation of proteins, RNA (ribonucleic acid) is now known to be a highly versatile molecule that has multiple roles in cells. It can function as an enzyme, scaffold various subcellular structures, and regulate gene expression through a variety of mechanisms, as well as act as a key component of the protein synthesis and splicing machinery. Perhaps most interestingly, increasing evidence indicates that RNA preceded DNA as the ...

RNA Worlds: From Life's Origins to Diversity in Gene Regulation 2010, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

ISBN-13: 9780879699468

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