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Congratulations to Dr. Charlie Carter, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, whose publication in the September 13th issue of Journal of Biological Chemistry was selected as one of UNC School of Medicine’s top ten stories of the year.

Charlie Carter, PhD
Schematic diagram of likely peptide participation with RNA in the origin and evolution of codon-directed protein synthesis.

UNC School of Medicine Vital Signs news publication annually selects the most popular stories of the year based on page views, reach, and impact. Dr. Charlie Carter, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics made their top ten in 2013. In the September 13 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Carter offers an intriguing new view on how life began. Carter’s finding flies in the face of the widely-held theory that Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) self-replicated without the aid of simple proteins and eventually led to life as we know it. Congratulations to Dr. Carter!