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In the Beginning, There Was RNA

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Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 668-669
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.668

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The RNA World 2nd ed. Raymond F. Gesteland, Thomas R. Cech, and John F. Atkins, Eds. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 1999. 735 pp. $129. ISBN 0-87969-561-7.

Contributors to this substantial revision and updating of the acclaimed 1994 volume offer perspectives on the modern world of RNA and how it suggests that prebiotic RNA was a key stage in the evolution of life.