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Figure 2

From: Amino acid fermentation at the origin of the genetic code

Figure 2

Stages of the evolution of the tRNA molecule. (A) Originally this consisted on a trinucleotide attached to an amino acid; (B) the triplet elongated to a mini-helix, probably because it conferred structural stability; (C) further elongations of the mini-helix resulted on the modern tRNA structure. This work is set in a stage as in (B). For details on the actual mechanisms of the evolution of the tRNA molecule, see [6].

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