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Ankur Jain Explores RNA Aggregations in Neurodegenerative Disease
The MIT biologist studies how RNA molecules self-assemble and the role these accumulations may play in diseases such as ALS and Huntington’s.
Ankur Jain Explores RNA Aggregations in Neurodegenerative Disease
Ankur Jain Explores RNA Aggregations in Neurodegenerative Disease

The MIT biologist studies how RNA molecules self-assemble and the role these accumulations may play in diseases such as ALS and Huntington’s.

The MIT biologist studies how RNA molecules self-assemble and the role these accumulations may play in diseases such as ALS and Huntington’s.

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Conceptual image showing molecules making up a brain shape
The Noncoding Regulators of the Brain
Christie Wilcox | Sep 12, 2022
Noncoding RNAs are proving to be critical players in the evolution of brain anatomy and cognitive complexity.
Illustration of RNAs
Infographic: Noncoding RNA in the Brain
Christie Wilcox | Sep 12, 2022
Neurologically important noncoding RNAs come in many shapes and sizes.
Fluorescent microscopy images of cells after being transfected.
Universal Transfection Reagents: Improving Efficiency and Decreasing Cell Toxicity
The Scientist Creative Services Team, MilliporeSigma, and Roche
Researchers optimize their transfection protocols with the ideal transfection reagent that has multiple applications, low cytotoxicity, and high transfection efficiency.
A photograph of Christine Guthrie and Hiten Madhani
RNA Pioneer Christine Guthrie Dies at 77
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022
Guthrie established foundational concepts in the field of pre-mRNA splicing during her career at the University of California, San Francisco.
Histological slide showing cancerous prostate tissue
2D Genetic Map of Prostate Cells Charts Cancer Growth
Holly Barker | Aug 23, 2022
An in situ map of copy number variations in prostate tissue reveals that purportedly cancerous genomic changes frequently occur in the healthy tissue surrounding tumors.
Discover How to Design Sensitive Nucleic Acid Lateral Flow Assays
Go with the Flow: Adapting Lateral Flow Assays for Nucleic Acid Detection
The Scientist Creative Services Team and nanoComposix
Scientists incorporate sensitive nanoparticles to rapidly detect DNA and RNA.
A twisted and folded illustration of single-stranded RNA in front of a blue background.
Deficient RNA Editing Implicated in Inflammatory Disease 
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 5, 2022
Genetic variants that reduce the editing levels of double-stranded RNA are associated with autoimmune and immune-mediated conditions, a study finds.
Ribonucleic acid strands consisting of nucleotides important for protein bio-synthesis
Katharina Höfer Probes the Machinery of Bacterial Gene Expression
Hannah Thomasy | Jun 13, 2022
The molecular biologist studies how chemical modifications to RNA building blocks change the way RNA regulates complex cellular processes.
Learn How Cutting-Edge Science is Breaking Through Industry Barriers
Focus on Innovation: Scientific Advances Driving Biopharma Market Trends
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Tecan
Explore the future of biopharma research and development.
Illustration of pink strands of RNA on a blue background
Synthetic RNA Can Build Peptides, Hinting at Life’s Beginnings
Jef Akst | May 12, 2022
Researchers engineered strands of RNA that can link amino acids together, suggesting a way that RNA and proteins may have emerged together to create the earliest forms of life.
Illustration of a meteorite shower heading for Earth
All RNA and DNA Base Types Are Found in Meteorites, Study Claims
Catherine Offord | Apr 27, 2022
The discovery could add weight to the hypothesis that the building blocks of life on Earth originally came from space, but some scientists note the possibility of contamination.
Discover how to Select and Design qPCR Probes
Selecting Probes That Rise to Any qPCR Challenge
The Scientist Creative Services Team and LGC Biosearch Technologies
Learn how to select qPCR probes that match downstream applications.
Sidney Altman looks into the camera
Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman Dies At 82
Lisa Winter | Apr 14, 2022
The biophysicist shared the 1989 Prize in Chemistry for discovering RNA’s catalytic properties.
a research sailboat with white sails inscribed with "tara ocean" traverses a body of water with small, rocky islands in the background
Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
Dan Robitzski | Apr 7, 2022
The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.
3d render illustration of Single strand ribonucleic acid.
Message in a Bottle: Developing mRNA Therapeutics
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Mirus Bio
A high efficiency, low toxicity method for direct RNA delivery into cells.
illustration of a large purple molecular complex with a strand of orange RNA running through it and red strand emerging from it
Study Reveals Outsize Role of mRNA Region in Tuning Expression
Sophie Fessl | Jan 27, 2022
A new method helps researchers uncover the rules of ribosome recruitment in yeast.
A clinician in a white lab coat sitting in a chair uses an arm cuff to measure the blood pressure of a pregnant patient sitting across from them.
RNA in Blood Predicts High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Dan Robitzski | Jan 6, 2022
Biomarkers in serum correlate with preeclampsia, a condition that can lead to fatal hypertension.
Technique Talk: Purifying Plant-Based Endogenous Biomolecules
Technique Talk: Purifying Plant-Based Endogenous Biomolecules
The Scientist Creative Services Team
Learn how reagents affect plant nucleic acids and jeopardize downstream PCR work.
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Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Dec 10, 2021
Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.