Answer to Question #69836 in Genetics for Izzy

Question #69836
How would RNA have stored genetic information?
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Expert's answer
2017-08-28T10:06:07-0400
Basically, if you want to store information, you need something like code on encryption.
RNA stores genetic information quite similarly to DNA - encoding it in a nucleotide sequence.
Probably, the fact of the matter is that ancient RNA was successfully serving as a genetic
information storage during the processes connected with the origin of life in the stage of RNA
world. Some organisms now even have a RNA genome, for example, viruses. But the main
mechanism remains the same - genetic information is encoded by a nucleotide sequence.
However, RNA also have many other important functions, which are somehow connected with
genetic information storing, including its role in translation, processing etc.

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