How cells master the art of reading life's recipes—21 July 2016

A research project, supported by the Australian Research Council, led by the Australian National University (ANU) has closed an important gap in the understanding of a fundamental process of life—the creation of proteins based on recipes called RNA.

Lead researcher Professor Thomas Preiss from The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU, said the new understanding would open up avenues for treatment of a wide range of diseases including cancer, heart disease and a spectrum of rarer genetic diseases.

"We've captured a key process of life in action for the first time," Professor Preiss said. "This process of translation initiation has puzzled scientists globally for around 40 years."

Media issued by the Australian National University

Image: Dr Nikolay Shirokikh and Professor Thomas Preiss.
Image courtesy: Stuart Hay, ANU.

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016