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Bern coronavirus clone goes "viral"

Researchers in virology and veterinary bacteriology at the University of Bern have cloned the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
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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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The blueprint of life

The basis of life in its simplest form consists of four components: DNA, RNA, proteins and lipids. DNA and RNA are nucleic acids and are found in the cells of all living organisms.
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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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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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Gen-editing with CRISPR/CAS9

Since it became known that the system known as CRISPR/Cas9 could be used to manipulate the genome of a wide variety of organisms, non-scientists have also been interested in the new genetic…
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From DNA to protein

The flow of genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein takes place in all living beings and thus is (nearby) universal. This sequence of events is therefore also called the "central dogma of…
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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.