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Steve LaBonne and Mitochondrial genetic codes

Fri Sep 1 10:49:11 EST 1995

It may also be worth remembering that the coding properties of a codon
need not be absolute.  Accuracy of translation is not perfect, and the
existence of natural suppressor tRNAs results in so-called termination
codons being used for termination some of the time, and for encoding 
various amino acids the rest of the time.  One might therefore envisage
scenarios in which the genetic code can change in a continuous manner rather
than a strictly saltatory one.  I would be surprised if this had not 
been discussed before, although I don't recall having seen it.


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