The ribosome contains 4 billion years of history

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The ribosome contains 4 billion years of history

The ribosome, in analogy with a tree, contains a record of its history, spanning 4 billion years of life on Earth. The information contained within ribosomes connects us to the prehistory of biology. Details of ribosomal RNA variation, observed by comparing three-dimensional structures of ribosomes across the tree of life, forms the basis of our molecular-level model of the origins and evolution of the translational system. We infer many steps in the evolution of translation, mapping out acquisition of structure and function, revealing much about how modern biology originated from ancestral chemical systems. 


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  • Created By: John Toon
  • Created On: Nov 30, 2015 - 10:22am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:58pm