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RNA Worlds: New Tools for Deep Exploration


Cold Spring Harbor, NY -- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) today announced the release of "RNA Worlds: New Tools for Deep Exploration", available on its website in hardcover and eBook formats.

RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules drive much of cellular action. Messenger RNA (mRNA) relays genetic information from DNA to ribosomes to direct the formation of proteins. At the same time, noncoding RNAs act as enzymes, scaffolds, and regulatory molecules, contributing greatly to the regulation of gene activity, RNA splicing, protein synthesis, and even DNA replication.

This new edition of the highly successful RNA Worlds series focuses on emerging tools for analysis of RNA biology and how these tools are driving our understanding of RNA structure and function. The contributors review new approaches for imaging RNA molecules in cells, techniques for analyzing the behavior of single RNA molecules in vitro and in vivo, transcriptome-wide analyses, and novel methods for determining the structure of RNA and RNP (ribonucleoprotein) complexes. They discuss the insights these provide into the transcription and splicing machinery, ribosomes, reverse transcriptases, and subcellular structures such as stress granules.

Also included are chapters exploring CRISPR editing, RNA switches for use in synthetic biology, and development of novel drugs targeting pathogenic RNA structures. In addition, the book covers recent insights into the primordial RNA World, including protocells and homochirality. It will therefore be of interest not only to biochemists and molecular biologists but to evolutionary biologists pondering the emergence of life on Earth.


Please visit our website, http://www.cshlpress.org, to access free sample material and for further information on this title.

IMAGE: An ancient RNA World is represented by RNA self-replication at the center of the spiral with the diversity of modern RNA and tools to investigate it represented at the near end of the spiral. Some RNA structures are shown in the layers at the sides.

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