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Life 2014, 4(4), 800-818;

RNA Sociology: Group Behavioral Motifs of RNA Consortia

Telos-Philosophische Praxis, Vogelsangstraße 18c, 5111-Buermoos, Austria
Received: 7 October 2014 / Revised: 11 November 2014 / Accepted: 12 November 2014 / Published: 24 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Origins and Early Evolution of RNA)
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RNA sociology investigates the behavioral motifs of RNA consortia from the social science perspective. Besides the self-folding of RNAs into single stem loop structures, group building of such stem loops results in a variety of essential agents that are highly active in regulatory processes in cellular and non-cellular life. RNA stem loop self-folding and group building do not depend solely on sequence syntax; more important are their contextual (functional) needs. Also, evolutionary processes seem to occur through RNA stem loop consortia that may act as a complement. This means the whole entity functions only if all participating parts are coordinated, although the complementary building parts originally evolved for different functions. If complementary groups, such as rRNAs and tRNAs, are placed together in selective pressure contexts, new evolutionary features may emerge. Evolution initiated by competent agents in natural genome editing clearly contrasts with statistical error replication narratives. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural codes; some -somes; biotic split; virosphere; competent de novo generation natural codes; some -somes; biotic split; virosphere; competent de novo generation

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