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Self-replicating RNA molecules

Edens, J.G. (2017) Self-replicating RNA molecules. Master's Thesis / Essay, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2016-2019).

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The RNA world hypothesis suggests that RNA molecules were generated from prebiotic components enabling the generation of early life forms. The catalytic and informational storage capacity of RNA may have played a role in the origin of a self-sustained Darwinian evolutionary system. Bottom-up research has resulted in many findings suggesting that RNA molecules could find its origin in small building blocks present in the prebiotic pool. On the other hand top-down research has led to a promising RNA enzyme (ribozyme) system capable of exponential self-replication enabling Darwinian evolution. This ribozyme system may help closing the knowledge gap in the generation of the biological spectrum from the prebiotic pool.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (2016-2019)
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:26
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:26

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