Category Archives: Genetic code

The “Wow! signal” of the terrestrial genetic code

An interesting paper appeared recently in Icarus journal. The paper by Vladimir I. shCherbak and Maxim A. Makukov analyzes some numerical patterns in the standard genetic code.  The text can be also found on This paper spurred some (sometimes heated) discussions on the … Continue reading

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Number 20 and Carl Woese

I am quite confident that I saw a citation from Carl Woese who stated (as far as I can remember)  that it was a great pity that there were exactly 20 amino acids in the standard genetic code. The reason … Continue reading

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