Forget the selfish gene: Evolution of life is driven by the selfish ribosome, research suggests

7 enero 2015

Since the discovery of how DNA encodes genetic information, most research on the evolution of life has focused on genes. According to the ‘selfish gene’ theory, cells and organisms exist simply as packages to protect and transmit genes. New research challenges this idea, proposing instead that if anything is ‘selfish’ it must be the ribosome. That upends everything we think we know about the evolution of life and, in fact, the function of ribosomes themselves.