Structure: RNA structure and diversified life

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We discuss the reconstruction of global phylogenies that incorporate RNA structural evidence and how they potentially reveal the evolutionary patterns associated with the emergence of modern biochemistry and early life. Since evolutionary direction and the rooting of the tree of life are fundamental and inevitable issues in evolutionary biology, we also discuss how the use of RNA structural evidence can be established and improved in order to gain insights into deep evolution of ancient molecules. We show that studies consistently and congruently identify the same or similar basal groups on the tree of life derived by using various molecular systems. We summarize the results and discuss the rooting strategy in studying the tree of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUntangling Molecular Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationExplaining Unity And Diversity Principles Of Organization With Molecular Structure And Evolutionary Genomics
EditorsGustavo Caetano-Anollés
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages53
ISBN (Electronic)9789814656627
ISBN (Print)9789814656610
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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