Does the speed of the ribosome correlate with mathematical properties of the genetic code?

Ivo Wolf

Institute for Medical Informatics
University of Applied Sciences, Mannheim, Germany

Ribosome profiling [1] is a relatively new technique that allows measuring a correlate of the average dwell time of the ribosome at the codons of mRNA strands with sub-codon resolution. Variations of the density of ribosome footprint counts represent differences in the speed of the ribosome [2].

In this talk we will present initial results on the question whether the speed of the ribosome correlates with mathematical properties of the genetic code, as those arising from recent mathematical models of the genetic code [3,4] and the theory of maximal self-complementary circular codes [5].


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