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Nature. 1989 Mar 16;338(6212):217-24.

RNA evolution and the origins of life.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, California 92037.

Abstract

The evolution of RNA is likely to have played an important role in the very early history of life on Earth but it is doubtful that life began with RNA. Consideration of what came before RNA must take into account relevant information from geochemistry, prebiotic chemistry and nucleic acid biochemistry.

PMID:
2466202
DOI:
10.1038/338217a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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