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Washington University in St. Louis

The Research in a Nutshell

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Caption: Ben-Shahar describes research with fruit flies that shows messenger RNA plays an active as well as a passive role in the cell. In addition to encoding for a protein, it can mark other mRNAs for destruction, preventing them from making the proteins they code for.

Credit: Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Susanne DiSalvo, James Byard and Tom Malcowicz/WUSTL

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