Evolution of the Genetic Code

Hardcover | January 1, 1993

bySyozo Osawa

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The genetic code was deciphered experimentally around 1966 and for a number of years scientists considered it to be "universal" for all forms of life. In 1981 researchers shocked the scientific community with the discovery that the code differs in mitochondria and certain other organisms - thegenetic code was still evolving. This book discusses the distribution and origin of the non-universal codes and examines the possible mechanisms of the code changes, making it essential reading for all those interested in evolutionary genetics.

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The genetic code was deciphered experimentally around 1966 and for a number of years scientists considered it to be "universal" for all forms of life. In 1981 researchers shocked the scientific community with the discovery that the code differs in mitochondria and certain other organisms - thegenetic code was still evolving. This book ...

Syozo Osawa, Executive Researcher of Biohistory Research Hall, Osaka; and Professor (Emeritus), Nagoya University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pagesPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198547811

ISBN - 13:9780198547815

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The genetic code - History2. Structure of the "universal" genetic code3. Anticodon compositions4. Codon usage5. Unassigned or nonsense codons6. Evolving genetic code7. Selenocysteine is coded by UGA8. RNA editing9. Origin and early evolution of the genetic code10. Amino acid composition of proteins and the genetic code11. Epilogue12. References

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`the book will be of considerable interest to researchers in this field'Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 612, No. 2, February 1996