Navigation Links
RNA research strategy for Europe takes shape
Date:3/4/2009

Research into RNA, a molecule found in every cell of our bodies, could lead to remarkable advances in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, a meeting organised by the European Science Foundation was told.

The conference, held the institute of Parasitologa y Biomedicina "Lpez-Neyra", CSIC in Granada, Spain, on 23 February 2009, was part of an ESF initiative to develop a coherent strategy for RNA research in Europe in recognition of the potential of RNA to result in new approaches to treating human diseases.

For many years it was believed that RNA's sole function in cells was to transmit genetic information from DNA during the manufacture of proteins the cell's workhorse molecules. However, in recent years it has become clear that RNA has many more sophisticated functions and that there are more types of RNA than previously known.

The field exploded into activity with the discovery in 1998 by US researchers Andrew Fire and Craig Mello of a phenomenon called RNA interference, meaning that genes can be 'silenced' by RNA. This discovery, for which Fire and Mello were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2006, revolutionised the way scientists think about how genetic information is controlled in cells, and has opened the possibility of using gene silencing as a therapy where rogue genes cause disease.

"Research into RNA has great promise for both basic science and biotechnology and medicine," said the meeting's chairman, Professor Lars Thelander of Ume University in Sweden. "Most pharmaceutical companies now have RNA projects, but the field is still in its early days and it could be another ten years before we see products appearing in the clinics."

Professor Thomas Cech of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US told the meeting how he discovered that RNA could also act as a biological catalyst something that it was previously thought was the preserve of proteins representing a wonderful example of the ver
'/>"/>

Contact: Sofia Valleley
svalleley@esf.org
33-674-609-687
European Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Research shows skeleton to be endocrine organ
2. Newly created cancer stem cells could aid breast cancer research
3. Dominant cholesterol-metabolism ideas challenged by new research
4. Researchers identify proteins involved in new neurodegenerative syndrome
5. Texas researchers and educators head for Antarctica
6. MGH researchers describe new way to identify, evolve novel enzymes
7. University of Pennsylvania researchers develop formula to gauge risk of disease clusters
8. University of Oregon researcher finds that on waters surface, nitric acid is not so tough
9. U of MN researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
10. U of Minnesota researchers discover noninvasive diagnostic tool for brain diseases
11. Story ideas from the Journal of Lipid Research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/19/2014)... abstinence syndrome (NAS) secondary to in-utero opioid exposure ... than others, but the underlying reasons are not ... are turned on or off) changes have recently ... University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical ... study to identify some of these epigenetic changes ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... college biology and other science courses are increasingly ... and now they have a new textbook to ... Sciences," published this month by Princeton Press and ... Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), teaches readers about ... used to explore and explain biological phenomena. , ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... UTSA researchers has been awarded a nearly $40,000 grant ... (NCPTT), an office of the National Park Service (NPS) ... fund a one-year study of the energy efficiency and ... in hot, humid climates. , Radiant barriers are reflective ... reflect heat back, thereby reducing the amount of heat ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):In-utero methadone, Subutex exposure could alter gene expression, cause severe Neonatal Abstience Syndrome 2New textbook introduces undergraduates to mathematics for the life sciences 2UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 2UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes 3
... WORCESTER, Mass. Cranberry sauce is not the star ... comes to health benefits, the lowly condiment takes center ... have found that compounds in cranberries are able to ... host of human illnesses (from kidney infections to gastroenteritis ...
... successful wastewater fuel cell, researchers have coaxed common bacteria ... Bruce Logan and colleagues at Penn State University had ... Now, using starter material that could theoretically be sourced ... same microbes to generate hydrogen. By tweaking their ...
... gone" Thats the mystery The Academy of Natural Sciences ... will shed light on the environmental health of the ... less than two inches longonce were abundant in the ... steady decline has prompted Pennsylvania to classify the fish ...
Cached Biology News:Cranberry sauce: good for what ails you 2Cranberry sauce: good for what ails you 3Microbes churn out hydrogen at record rate 2Tiny fish can yield big clues to Delaware River health 2
(Date:8/19/2014)... 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics Inc. ("iCo" or ... results of its Oral Amphotericin B (Oral Amp ... study, conducted by ImmuneCarta®, the immune monitoring business ... effectiveness of Oral Amp B in reactivating latent ... despite intensive treatment with antiretroviral therapy. ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - SQI Diagnostics Inc. (TSX-V: SQD), a ... and products for advanced microarray diagnostics, today announced it ... 22 at 2:00 pm ET.  During ... a brief review of SQI,s recent commercialization progress and ... industry veteran recently appointed to the Board of Directors ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... HIV Infection Drug Market and Pipeline Insight is a ... infection and the number of deaths due to AIDS has ... the globe. It has been estimated that the death rate ... with the rates for children being even much lower. A ... has been the improved access to antiretroviral drugs and therapy ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... Aug. 18, 2014 Dyadic International, Inc. ... patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, ... the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme ... Registration Statement on Form 10 with the U.S. ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110621/CL06708LOGO ...
Breaking Biology Technology:iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 3SQI Diagnostics Announces Investor Conference Call with Dr. Allan Pronovost 2SQI Diagnostics Announces Investor Conference Call with Dr. Allan Pronovost 3Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 2Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 3Global HIV Infection Drug Market Overview 4Dyadic International Files Form 10 Registration Statement 2Dyadic International Files Form 10 Registration Statement 3Dyadic International Files Form 10 Registration Statement 4
... , , , , ... Elbit Imaging,(NASDAQ: EMITF ) ("Elbit Imaging" "Company") announced ... - 60%, and Gamida,Cell - 28%; both on a fully diluted ... such subsidiary in a public offering on the,Tel Aviv Stock Exchange ...
... , LIVERPOOL, ... operations of Cambian healthcare Noel Tracey to lead ... Noel has more than 15 years, experience of ... private sector. In his previous role as,director of operations at ...
... DIEGO , Feb. 1 BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ... fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009 after the ... Alan D. Gold , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Kent ... call at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, February ...
Cached Biology Technology:Elbit Imaging Evaluating Establishment of a Subsidiary to Hold its Bio-Tech and Medical Investments 2Elbit Imaging Evaluating Establishment of a Subsidiary to Hold its Bio-Tech and Medical Investments 3Elbit Imaging Evaluating Establishment of a Subsidiary to Hold its Bio-Tech and Medical Investments 4Elbit Imaging Evaluating Establishment of a Subsidiary to Hold its Bio-Tech and Medical Investments 5Noel Tracey to Head Up Gray Healthcare Recovery Team 2BioMed Realty Trust to Report 2009 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results 2
... Cell Dissociation Buffers are membrane-filtered ... salts chelating agents and cell-conditioning agents ... balanced salt solution or Ca2+- ... dissociation of mammalian cells from support ...
Request Info...
Request Info...
...
Biology Products: