Contact: Diana Lutz
Washington University in St. Louis
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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