What role does RNA play during embryogenesis, puberty and death? These are some of the questions we will answer during today's episode.
Keep in mind that many of these subjects have been studied for decades so we are just going to be surfing the waves of a deep ocean of research. And we will be mostly focused on the life of mammals, but many of these processes are highly conserved, meaning they are the same in many forms of life from plants to insects to us.
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Role of RNA from the Beginning of Life until The End!
21:27What role does RNA play during embryogenesis, puberty and death? These are some of the questions we will answer during today's episode. Keep in mind that many of these subjects have been studied for decades so we are just going to be surfing the waves of a deep ocean of research. And we will be mostly focused on the life of mammals, but many of these processes are highly conserved, meaning they are the same in many forms of life from plants to insects to us.
RNA Editing in Cephalopods
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Dr. Herman Branson (1914-1995) - Physicist & Pioneer Biophysicist
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