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DNA Habitats and Their RNA Inhabitants

Edited by Edited by Guenther Witzany (Telos-Philosophische Praxis, Bürmoos, Austria)
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DNA Habitats and Their RNA Inhabitants

Published: April 2015

Volume 1341

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Interest in DNA molecular biology is increasingly being joined by interest in the important roles that RNAs play in DNA change, storage, repair, and regulation. The papers in this volume cover a range of topics, including a history of the discussion that led to biology becoming a subdiscipline of physics and chemistry; the evolution of double-stranded DNA viruses of eukaryotes; viral and stem-loop RNA consortia in promoting ancient and recent life; archaeal viruses as living fossils of the ancient virosphere; mechanisms employed by single-stranded DNA viruses for integration into host genomes; engineering of ribozymes with useful activities in the ancient RNA world; the origin of viruses and their impact on cellular evolution; the RNA world hypothesis of the origin of life; DNA and RNA editing of retrotransposons in accelerating mammalian genome evolution; transpositional shuffling and quality control in male germ cells to enhance evolution of complex organisms; RNA-mediated modes of phenotypic variation in epigenetic heredity; and the evolution of small guide RNA genes in hyperthermophilic archaea.