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The Double Life of RNA

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In four lectures, Nobel laureate Thomas R. Cech, PhD, discusses the ability of RNA to act as more than just an intermediary between DNA and proteins.

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In these lectures, Dr. Cech explains the current state of knowledge of RNA in chemistry and in structural and cell biology and discusses the implications of ribozymes. This multidisciplinary view characterizes the approach of Dr. Cech's research group to RNA investigation. Dr. Cech also tells the story of the discovery of RNA catalysis, which led to his receiving the 1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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by Thomas R. Cech, PhD

Cellular enzymes are catalysts that tame reactions by accelerating them, lending specificity, and regulating their time and...

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by Thomas R. Cech, PhD

Discovery of RNA's catalytic activity led to unexpected spin-offs, including a new scenario for the origin of life.

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by Thomas R. Cech, PhD

Studies of RNA catalytic centers have revealed much about their structure and mode of action.

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by Thomas R. Cech, PhD

The chromosome ends, or telomeres, are necessary for DNA stability and replication.

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In four lectures, Dr. Thomas R. Cech tells the story of the discovery of RNA catalysis—research that led to his receiving the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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