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Not too long ago, most people considered RNA to be just a disposable copy of the really important nucleic acid, DNA. It is the double helix of DNA, after all, that shows up on magazine covers and television; DNA is the material of our genes and chromosomes, the stuff that determines our genetic inheritance. RNA – ribonucleic acid – is a copy of the DNA instructions that serves as a messenger to direct protein synthesis, which is then destroyed after it has fulfilled its function.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-09-03 16:41:40
Description Not too long ago, most people considered RNA to be just a disposable copy of the really important nucleic acid, DNA. It is the double helix of DNA, after all, that shows up on magazine covers and television; DNA is the material of our genes and chromosomes, the stuff that determines our genetic inheritance. RNA – ribonucleic acid – is a copy of the DNA instructions that serves as a messenger to direct protein synthesis, which is then destroyed after it has fulfilled its function.
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Source Nobel Foundation
Keyword RNA, Research, Genetics
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-03 16:36:45
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Date Last Modified 2011-04-11 15:55:37
Creator Thomas R. Cech
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-04-11 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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