RNA + Us

RNA research as a network

This website was developed as an initiative of the research network "NCCR RNA & Disease". The "NCCR RNA & Disease" is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the University of Bern and ETH…
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In vitro Zoo helps in understanding SARS-CoV-2

A team of researchers from the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have used a unique collection of advanced cell…
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#NCCRWomen Campaign

The NCCR RNA & Disease participates in the #NCCRWomen campaign and publishes five portraits with female researchers from our network!
RNA + Knowledge

RNA - central molecule of life

While most people know the term "DNA", the term "RNA" is less familiar. What is RNA and why are we devoting an entire website to this molecule? Here we give you an overview of the many functions of…
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The Achilles heel of the Coronavirus

SARS-​CoV-2 is critically dependent on a special mechanism for the production of its proteins. A collaborative team led by a research group at ETH Zurich obtained molecular insights into this process…
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SARS-CoV-2 mutations in competition

How dangerous are new mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus?
RNA + Society

No Denial

The recent findings on how the SARS-CoV-2 Protein NSP1 inhibits cellular translation published by three NCCR RNA & Disease groups (Ban group at ETHZ, Mühlemann and Thiel group at University of Bern)…
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Mechanism discovered how the coronavirus hijacks the cell

Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bern have discovered a mechanism by which the corona virus manipulates human cells to ensure its own replication. This knowledge will help to develop…
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Corona vaccine at a fast pace

Vaccines are needed in the fight against the new coronavirus. Steve Pascolo from the University of Zurich and an associated member of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) "RNA &…
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RNA: a new star in medical science

It was long in the shadow of DNA. But now, RNA is laying down real competition for its bigger sister, as it offers a broad range of potential medical applications. We look at a selection of them.

RNA + You

RNA eater

Destroy the RNA strands with your enzyme before they saturate the entire cell!
RNA + Knowledge

The RNA - a multitalent in the cell

In order to understand life at the molecular level, science has strongly focused on the study of DNA and proteins for many decades.
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RNA as a future cure for hereditary diseases

ETH Zurich scientists have developed an RNA molecule that can be used in bone marrow cells to correct genetic errors that affect protein production. Patients suffering from a rare hereditary disease…
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From gene to gene product: Gene expression

Whenever the cell requires a certain protein, the gene for this protein is transcribed into a messenger molecule, the mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid).
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Phage Invaders

Phages are viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteria defend themselves against viruses with CRISPR-Cas gene scissors. You can take over the role of CRISPR-Cas in a bacterium and defend it against the…
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RNA as a tool

In the laboratory, RNA molecules can be used as tools to study and better understand cellular processes. Two frequently used techniques are RNA interference and the gene scissors.