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New study brings scientists closer to the origin of RNA


December 23, 2013

self-assembly of TAP-ribose nucleoside One of the biggest questions in science is how life arose from the chemical soup that existed on early Earth. One theory is that RNA, a close relative of DNA, was the first genetic molecule to arise around 4 billion years ago, but in a primitive form that later evolved into today's RNA and DNA molecules. New research shows one way this chain of events might have started. Full Story

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