Evolution of DNA - Cast of Characters
First Protein Transcription
First Genetic Replication
First Feedback
Puddle Evolution
First Dispersal & Evolution
First Parasite
First Organism
First Cell Metabolism
First Self-Sufficiency
Aromatic Assistants
First Assimilation
First Transfer Molecules
Eight Molecule Life
Complementary Base Pairs
Energy Sources
Conquering the Oceans
First Cells
Cellular Explosion
Gene Regulation
First DNA
Wider Reading Frames
Complementary Triplets
Cellular Scripts
The Spread of Foxy
Second Parasite-- Transposons
First Schism
Improved Gene Regulation
Cell Structures
Eukaryote Explosion
Multi-Cellular Scripts
Cambrian Explosion
Appendix 1-- Prebiotic Earth
Appendix 2-- Primordial Puddles
Appendix 3-- Primordial Catalysts
Appendix 4-- C Value Enigma
Cast of Characters

Caleb— a very early organism composed of two enzymes (Fred and Roscoe) and three chains (Sorrel, Sofia and Serena) held together by one or more structural proteins (Nathaniel). Short for Combined Almost-Living Elementary Blob.

Cassius— an early organism composed of a Caleb, plus sufficient enzymes capable of synthesizing all four of its raw materials. Short for Combined And Self SufficIent Über-molecular System.

Doxy— an advanced version of Foxy capable of shaping DNA gene structures.

Fatcat— a protein capable of transcribing proteins from RNA using multiple Freds. A bridge between Fred-based protein transcription and ribosomes. Short for Fred Assisting CATalyst.

Foxy— an advanced version of Fred or Roscoe that is capable of shaping cell structures.

Fred— a short polypeptide capable of reading a backbone chain, and creating a protein with a specific sequence (First REplicating Device).

Nathaniel— a ‘sticky’ polypeptide chain that binds together proteins such as Fred, and backbone chains such as Sofia (Nasty And Troublesome Hellish Adhesive NItrogenous ELement).

Moxy— an advanced version of Foxy, capable of shaping multi-cellular structures.

Ratcat— a protein capable of duplicating RNA using multiple Roscoes. A bridge between Roscoe-based replication, and replication based on complementary base pairs. Short for Roscoe Assisting Transcription CATalyst.

Roscoe— a short polypeptide capable of reading a backbone chain, and creating a duplicate backbone chain (Replicator of Some Chains, Oldest Enzyme).

Serena— a short backbone chain that creates a Nathaniel when transcribed by a Fred.

Sofia— a short backbone chain that creates a Fred when transcribed by a Fred (Sequence Of Fred InformAtion).

Sorrel— a short backbone chain that creates a Roscoe when transcribed by a Fred (Sequence of Roscoe Replicating Elements).