Study likens Earth’s evolution to creation of Frankenstein’s monster

The evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought, likening it to the mishmash creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Inosine could be a potential route to the first RNA, Harvard study says

In a paper published in PNAS, Jack W. Szostak, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, along with graduate student Seohyun (Chris) Kim, suggest that RNA could have started with a different set of nucleotide bases. In place of guanine, RNA could have relied on a surrogate, inosine.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 10, 2018 ~4 min

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Inosine could be a potential route to the first RNA, Harvard study says

In a paper published in PNAS, Jack W. Szostak, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, along with graduate student Seohyun (Chris) Kim, suggest that RNA could have started with a different set of nucleotide bases. In place of guanine, RNA could have relied on a surrogate, inosine.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 10, 2018 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  inosine  jack-szostak  life  origins-of-life  rna  szostak

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