ApharmdB writes: DNA & RNA are the basic building blocks of life. But could there be alternatives? Scientists have created HNA, CeNA, LNA, ANA, FANA and TNA in the lab. That is allowing for exploration of numerous questions such as 'What is the origin of DNA & RNA?' The journal article can be found here.
It appears that PL/I (and its dialects) is, or will be, the most widely
used higher level language for systems programming.
-- J. Sammet