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Life from an RNA world

Michael Yarus

Life from an RNA world

the ancestor within

by Michael Yarus

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Published by Harvard University Press in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementMichael Yarus
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQP623 .Y367 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 198 p. :
Number of Pages198
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24379441M
ISBN 100674050754
ISBN 109780674050754
LC Control Number2009044011
OCLC/WorldCa456170067

Just like DNA, it stores genetic information. Whether life began in an RNA world or an RNA-protein world, catalyzed replication is of course another property of life. The missing 2'-OH group on the deoxyribose sugar is what makes DNA more stable, since there is no hydroxyl group for other molecules to react with. Search Online and in-store stock may differ.

Vulnerability to damage could be reduced by maintaining two or more copies of each RNA segment in each protocell, i. The RNA world hypothesis holds that in the primordial soup or sandwichthere existed free-floating nucleotides. In order to function as a genetic information store, it must have the ability to mutate so that RNA organisms are able to evolve and thus adapt to different environments and selection pressures. This catalyst is the RNA molecule itself.

In the deep hydrothermal ventsEverett Shock has found "there is an enormous thermodynamic drive to form organic compounds, as seawater and hydrothermal fluids, which are far from equilibrium, mix and move towards a more stable state. They released oxygen in the atmosphere as the by product of photosynthesis. It was found that this RNA molecule could self-splice itself out of a gene without the use of any other enzymes. This experiment also produced Adenine, one of the nucleotide bases.


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The advances that have made such a pursuit possible are rarely discussed outside of bio-labs. Prebiotic simulations making nucleotides have conditions incompatible with those for making sugars lots of formaldehyde. Cairns-Smith in criticized writers for exaggerating the implications of the Miller-Urey experiment.

Based on recent computer model studiesthe complex organic molecules necessary for life may have formed in the protoplanetary disk of dust grains surrounding the Sun before the formation of the Earth. However, current scientific consensus describes the primitive atmosphere as either Life from an RNA world book reducing or neutral [] [] see also Oxygen Catastrophe.

He announced his discovery in and became the first to show that RNA has catalytic functions. According to later models, the atmosphere in the late Hadean period consisted largely of nitrogen N2 and carbon dioxide, with smaller amounts of carbon monoxide, hydrogen H2and sulfur compounds; [] while it did lack molecular oxygen and ozone, [] it was not as chemically reducing as Oparin and Haldane supposed.

The retention of the haploid state maximizes the growth rate. Also see Extraterrestrial organic molecules. After being introduced, the phosphate must combine with the nucleoside and the correct hydroxyl must be phosphorylated, in order to create a nucleotide. There are two views regarding the origin of eukaryotes.

The shortest was bases long, though it has been estimated that only part of the molecule was crucial for this function. Such an autocatalytic set of ribozymes, capable of self replication in about an hour, has been identified.

These anaerobic chemoautotrophs were like present anaerobic bacteria.

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There is no evidence at this time that thymine Tthe nitrogenous base in DNA that takes the place of uracil U in RNA, was formed from this atmosphere. Now, the team would like to investigate in Life from an RNA world book areas the latter method provides accurate results and can be used reliably.

Nucleic acids were not formed within the reaction. Properties Supporting Hypothesis[ edit ] Properties that support the RNA Hypothesis became more clear in the s when it was discovered that RNA can activate and deactivate other molecules by binding with them while folding into specific structures.

Retroviruses e. These proteins are known as enzymes. Ribozymes play vital roles, such as that of the ribosome. That led to the evolution of autotrophs.Mar 24,  · Life From an RNA World is an unconventional book about RNA.

Rather than opening with the central dogma and attendant teachings on molecular biology, Yarus uses evolution as a gateway. He then takes us on a journey through evolutionary time, concentrating on the roles of Cited by: 2. the origin of life. That is why we are learning about DNA!

When naturally occurring ribozymes were discovered in present-day organisms (including humans), The idea that there was once an “RNA world” became easily the most plausible scenario for the transition to life.

DNA could have existed long before life itself

On the other hand, the possibility of prebiotic replicating RNA-peptide complexes implies the origins of life in an RNA-Protein world (rather than exclusively RNA-world)! Whether life began in an Life from an RNA world book world or an RNA-protein world, catalyzed replication is of course another property of life.Apr 28,  · The first two editions of The RNA World (, pdf shed light on pdf prebiotic era dominated by this versatile molecule, and provided an overview of the state of RNA research at the time.

The new third edition of The RNA World updates this perspective, describing the vast array of newly discovered roles for RNA in the modern world.5/5(2).Francis Crick himself has become much less enthusiastic about the RNA world than Watson.

Inhe and another eminent researcher into the origin of life, Leslie E. Orgel, published a paper advocating the theory called "Directed Panspermia" (6). InCrick published Life Itself, a .Mar ebook,  · Life from an Ebook World is an unconventional book about RNA. Rather than opening with the central dogma and attendant teachings on molecular biology, Yarus uses evolution as a gateway.

He then takes us on a journey through evolutionary time, concentrating on the roles of the various forms of RNA [He] is a proficient guide.4/5(50).