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Bringing RNA into View

Bringing RNA into View

The impetus for developing Bringing RNA into View for college biology classes is the recent and rapid growth in knowledge of the structures and diverse functions of RNA molecules. First described in 1947 as a cellular constituent involved in protein synthesis, RNA has since been shown to play several other essential roles in gene expression, including genome maintenance, processing and editing of primary transcripts, and localization of proteins within the cell. New RNAs continue to be discovered performing unexpected tasks in the cell.

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