Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within

Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within

by Michael Yarus

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ISBN-13: 9780674060715
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.04(w) x 5.52(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Yarus is Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Your Ancestor

  1. Before We Begin: A Voluntary Chapter
  2. Framing the Problem: The Buffalo and the Bacterium
  3. The Big Tree: No Jackalopes Please
  4. A Dance of Atoms
  5. Allegro Agitato: The Origin of Life
  6. The Winds That Blow through the Starry Ways
  7. Tornados in a Junkyard
  8. Between Genomes and Creatures
  9. A Thumbnail Molecular Biology
  10. RNA Structure: A Tape with a Shape
  11. Intimations of an RNA World
  12. The Experimentally Impaired Sciences
  13. Test Tube RNA Evolution: First Light
  14. Selection Amplification: Interrogating RNA’s Possibilities
  15. RNA Duplication: Replicase Activity in Real RNAs
  16. RNA Capabilities and the Origins of Translation
  17. The Quest for the Peptidyl Transferase
  18. A Language Much Older Than Hieroglyphics: The Genetic Code
  19. Assume a Spherical Cow: The Ribocyte
  20. The Future of the RNA World

  • Lexicon
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Cech

Yarus captivates with skilled character development -- but here, the “characters” are the prebiotic molecules that gave rise to everything that has ever lived or is alive today on our planet.

Thomas Cech, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 1989

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