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The RNA world hypothesis states that self-replicating RNA (that is, an autocatalytic RNA polymerase) was the first form or precursor of life. So, in that context, your question is basically asking how life originated. The obvious answer is that we don't know (currently anyways), but I'm going to take this opportunity to describe a few really neat experiments ...


What makes you think that the lac repressor will still be bound at the target gene? In strains with this type of regulatory configuration (usually with DE3 in the genotype) the idea is that IPTG induction turns on expression of T7 polymerase from a lac promoter on the chromosome, and then this T7 polymerase then transcribes the target gene on the plasmid. ...

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