RNA Research, CRISPR, Riboswitches

By: Beatrice Jin,  Cornell Research
November 15, 2016

What role do RNA molecules play in the cellular processes of pathogenic bacteria? Answers may help develop new antibacterial drugs and genome editing technology.

A new paradigm has emerged in biology. Recent insights have shown that RNA molecules are active participants in regulating, catalyzing, and controlling fundamental cellular processes—roles that were previously assigned to proteins. Ailong Ke, Molecular Biology and Genetics, is investigating two fascinating, emerging themes in RNA research: the role of RNA as a messenger in protein-nucleic acid interactions and how specific strands of RNA play a role in mRNA gene regulation. 

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