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The Genetic Code and the Origin of Life : Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit - Lluis Ribas de Pouplana

The Genetic Code and the Origin of Life

Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2004
ISBN: 9780306478437
Number Of Pages: 254

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The Genetic Code and the Origin of Life celebrates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix. This book combines two complementary approaches to address the question of the development of the Genetic Code. The first chapters provide general perspectives into the most important features of the evolution of life and the code. The rest of the chapters provide detailed analyses on the features and evolution of independent components of the code. Thus the book combines a general overview with detailed descriptions. This volume provides a general reference for the academic audience interested in evolution and, simultaneously, consolidates our most detailed knowledge on the biological characteristics of the components of the genetic code.

The early earthp. 1
Reconstructing the universal tree of lifep. 15
The nature of the last common ancestorp. 34
Ribozyme-catalyzed geneticsp. 48
The scope of selectionp. 75
The evolutionary history of the translation machineryp. 92
Functional evolution of ribosomesp. 106
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases as clues to establishment of the genetic codep. 119
The relation between function, structure and evolution of elongation factors Tup. 134
Origin and evolution of DNA and DNA replication machineriesp. 145
Early evolution of DNA repair mechanismsp. 169
Extant variations in the genetic codep. 183
Adaptive evolution of the genetic codep. 201
Expanding the genetic code in vitro and in vivop. 221
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ISBN: 9780306478437
ISBN-10: 0306478439
Series: Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 18th October 2004
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.64