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Editorial

On the evolution of the standard amino-acid alphabet



Abstract

Fresh insights into the origin of the amino-acid alphabet are now emerging from disciplines as diverse as astrobiology, biochemical engineering and bioinformatics.Although one standard amino-acid 'alphabet' is used by most organisms on Earth, the evolutionary cause(s) and significance of this alphabet remain elusive. Fresh insights into the origin of the alphabet are now emerging from disciplines as diverse as astrobiology, biochemical engineering and bioinformatics.


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