GenBank is bursting with eukaryotic RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) results. These data are transforming our view of nuclear transcriptional architecture, but many scientists are ignoring a major component of the data: mitochondrial- and chloroplast-derived sequences. Indeed, organelle transcripts typically represent a significant proportion of the reads generated from eukaryotic RNA-Seq experiments. Here, David Roy Smith argues that these data are an excellent and untapped resource for…
Researchers unlock another piece of the RNA sequencing puzzle.
Now, a study from researchers at Rockefeller University and Columbia University has identified a protein that recognizes a chemical instruction tag affixed to an RNA sequence, an important step in the decision-making process. The team state that their findings help to explain how the destiny of an RNA sequence is achieved. The opensource study is published in the journal Cell.
With a focus on literacy and collaboration, this activity teaches students about the importance of enzymes, DNA sequencing, fingerprinting, mutations that can happen if we smoke and even what it means to be a twin. | by Scaffolded Math and Science