By Rajaneesh K. Gopinath
In recent times, RNA editing has emerged as a technology with a promise to replicate the achievements of gene editing. Eclipsed by the CRISPR frenzy for years, RNA editing is now beginning to draw its deserved recognition. “Thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, today, everyone is aware of mRNA. RNA is the superstar molecule now, but 10 or 20 years ago, people were not so familiar,” says Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, Neurobiologist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. He firmly believes the sky’s the limit for this technology. We interviewed him to obtain his views.
A renowned RNA and cephalopod scientist, Dr. Rosenthal has deeply studied the naturally occurring RNA editing phenomenon in this group of marine organisms. Realizing its therapeutic potential, he soon shifted some focus to its clinical applications as well and was instrumental in launching an RNA editing startup. Read more ..
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