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Unusual Base Composition of the Ribonucleic Acid of Wild Cucumber Mosaic Virus

Naturevolume 191pages9697 (1961) | Download Citation

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AT the present time the small viruses containing ribonucleic acid (RNA-containing viruses) seem to be useful test objects for discovering the relationship between the amino-acid sequence of proteins and the structure of the RNA which is presumed to code that sequence. It is believed that the RNA of the virus specifies the virus coat protein. In addition, it perhaps carries the code for other proteins and/or plays some structural part. We wish to point out that the RNA from wild cucumber mosaic virus has an unusual base composition, that relatively small pieces of it are obtainable and that these attributes may be useful in the solution of the coding problem.

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    • H. YAMAZAKI
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