Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 211–224 | Cite as

The genetic code as a periodic table

  • John R. Jungck


The contemporary genetic code is reflective of a significant correlation between the properties of amino acids and their anticodons in a periodic manner. Almost all properties of amino acids showed a greater correlation to anticodonic than to codonic dinucleoside monophosphate properties. The polarity and bulkiness of amino acid side chains can be used to predict the anticodon with considerable confidence. The results are most consistent with predictions of the “direct interaction” and “ambiguity reduction” hypotheses for the origin of the genetic code.

Key words

Genetic Code Origin Amino acid Oligonucleotide Correlation Anticodons 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Jungck
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyClarkson CollegePotsdamUSA

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