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Biologists Create Self-replicating RNA Molecule

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Crucially, tC19Z can copy pieces of RNA that are almost half as long (48 per cent) as itself. If an RNA enzyme is to copy itself, it has to be able to copy sequences as long as itself, and tC19Z is closing in on that goal.

The only thing more exciting than a molecule that can create perfect replicas of itself, is a molecule that can create -almost- perfect replicas of itself.

Or as we might end up calling it - grandma.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:12:30 UTC | #614697