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The Origin and Evolution of the Genetic Code: 100th Anniversary Year of the Birth of Francis Crick

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ISBN: 9783038427698 9783038427704 Year: Pages: X, 192 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-770-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Biology --- Genetics
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The genetic code is one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century as it is central to life itself. It is the algorithm that connects 64 RNA triplets to 20 amino acids, thus functioning as the Rosetta Stone of molecular biology. Following the discovery of the structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, George Gamow organized the 20-member “RNA Tie Club” to discuss the transmission of information by DNA. Crick, Sydney Brenner, Leslie Barnett, and Richard Watts-Tobin first demonstrated the three bases of DNA code for one amino acid. The decoding of the genetic code was begun by Marshall Nirenberg and Heinrich Matthaei and was completed by Har Gobind Khorana. Then, finally, Brenner, Barnett, Eugene Katz, and Crick placed the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle of life by proving that UGA was a third stop codon. In the mid-1960s, Carl Woese proposed the “stereochemical hypothesis”, which speculated that the genetic code derives from a type of codon–amino acid-pairing interaction. The origin and evolution of the genetic code remains a mystery despite numerous theories and attempts to understand these. In this Special Issue, experts in the field present their thoughts and views on this topic. Because 2016 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Francis Crick, the Guest Editor of this Special Issue also dedicates all articles included herein to the memory of Francis Crick.

Coordination Chemistry of Silicon

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ISBN: 9783038976387 Year: Pages: 225 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-639-4 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Chemistry (General) --- Inorganic Chemistry
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The chemistry of silicon has always been a field of major concern due to its proximity to carbon on the periodic table. From the molecular chemist's viewpoint, one of the most interesting differences between carbon and silicon is their divergent coordination behavior. In fact, silicon is prone to form hyper-coordinate organosilicon complexes, and, as conveyed by reports in the literature, highly sophisticated ligand systems are required to furnish low-coordinate organosilicon complexes. Tremendous progress in experimental, as well as computational, techniques has granted synthetic access to a broad range of coordination numbers for silicon, and the scientific endeavor, which was ongoing for decades, was rewarded with landmark discoveries in the field of organosilicon chemistry. Molecular congeners of silicon(0), as well as silicon oxides, were unveiled, and the prominent group 14 metalloid proved its applicability in homogenous catalysis as a supportive ligand or even as a center of catalytic activity. This book focuses on the most recent advances in the coordination chemistry of silicon with transition metals as well as main group elements, including the stabilization of low-valent silicon species through the coordination of electron donor ligands. Therefore, this book is associated with the development of novel synthetic methodologies, structural elucidations, bonding analysis, and also possible applications in catalysis or chemical transformations using related organosilicon compounds.

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silanetriols --- disiloxane tetrols --- silsesquioxanes --- condensation --- molecular cage --- platinum --- primary silane --- hydrido complex --- oxidative addition --- ligand-exchange reaction --- X-ray crystallography --- Si–Cl activation --- germylene --- digermene --- digermacyclobutadiene --- palladium --- cluster --- cyclic organopolysilane --- template --- bridging silylene ligand --- isocyanide --- hydrogen bonds --- silicon --- 2-silylpyrrolidines --- stereochemistry --- X-ray crystallography --- Baird’s rule --- computational chemistry --- excited state aromaticity --- Photostability --- dye-sensitized solar cell --- disilanylene polymer --- photoreaction --- surface modification --- TiO2 --- silylene --- germylene --- N-heterocyclic carbene --- oxidative addition --- siloxanes --- host-guest chemistry --- supramolecular chemistry --- main group coordination chemistry --- hydrogen bonding --- adsorption --- bond activation --- bonding analysis --- density functional theory --- distorted coordination --- molecular orbital analysis --- silicon surfaces --- disilene --- functionalization --- ?-electron systems --- silicon --- N-heterocyclic carbenes --- bromosilylenes --- silyliumylidenes --- dehydrobromination --- silicon cluster --- siliconoid --- nanoparticle --- computation --- silicon --- N-heterocyclic carbenes --- silyliumylidenes --- small molecule activation --- mechanistic insights --- organosilicon --- reductant --- N-Heterocyclic tetrylene --- salt-free --- germanium --- germanethione --- germathioacid chloride --- N-heterocyclic carbines --- ?-chloro-?-hydrooligosilane --- titanium --- ruthenium --- dehydrogenative alkoxylation --- cluster --- isomerization --- silicon --- siliconoid --- subvalent compounds --- AIM --- DFT --- intermetallic bond --- 29Si NMR spectroscopy --- X-ray diffraction

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