Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 115–125 | Cite as

Inadequacy of prebiotic synthesis as origin of proteinous amino acids

  • J. Tze-Fei Wong
  • Patricia M. Bronskill


The production of some nonproteinous, and lack of production of other proteinous, amino acids in model prebiotic synthesis, along with the instability of glutamine and asparagine, suggest that not all of the 20 presentday proteinous amino acids gained entry into proteins directly from the primordial soup. Instead, a process of active co-evolution of the genetic code and its constituent amino acids would have to precede the final selection of these proteinous amino acids.


Glutamine Asparagine Genetic Code Proteinous Amino Acid Final Selection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Tze-Fei Wong
    • 1
  • Patricia M. Bronskill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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