The Department of Chemistry hosts a seminar series during the academic year featuring presentations by individuals (students, faculty, and invited guests) discussing their research within the field of chemistry. These presentations are free and open to the public.
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Our Next Seminar:
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:30pm, CP 350
RNA Spell Checking: How to Know when RNA is Modified and Why
Dr. Patrick A, Limbach
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati
RNA (Ribonucleic acid) plays a central role in the central dogma of molecular biology. RNA is responsible for converting the information stored in an organism’s genome (DNA) into functional proteins. More recently, scientists have discovered that RNA not involved in protein synthesis, so-called non-coding RNA, also plays an important role in the regulation and transmission of genetic information. Remarkably, many cellular RNAs have their structures modified by enzymes. The types of modifications, their location on RNA, and their function will be discussed, with a particular focus on the use of new chemical approaches for identifying RNA modifications. Moreover, the role of these modified RNAs in human health will be examined.
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