RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is a biological macromolecule made of nucleotides used in cells to convey genetic information to protein. RNA also plays a role in catalyzing certain biological reactions as well as carrying genetic material in some viruses.

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Why are riboswitches mostly present in bacteria and not in eukaryotes?

Riboswitches are a rather elegant way to regulate gene expression without any additional machinery. A small ligand binds to the mRNA and directly influences transcription or translation. Most of the ...
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Origin of the 260/280 ratio?

This is not a duplicate of all the other 260/280 ratio questions, I already know that DNA is supposed to be 1.8 and RNA is supposed to be 2.0. However, this might be more appropriate for chemistry, ...
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How closely correlated is the level of an snRNA with the level of its corresponding snRNP?

Let's say I am growing cells under two conditions, and let's say I measure U1 snRNA levels in both using digital PCR. If the U1 snRNA level is reduced in one sample, how safe is it to say that U1 ...
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Transcription takes place from the 5’ to the 3’ end of the m-RNA. Why?

Only one side of the DNA ladder is copied (the sense side). The sense side starts with a 3’ end. This means the corresponding mRNA will have to assemble starting from the 5’ end. This is my initial ...
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Visualizing secondary RNA structure binding to target

I am designing synthetic ribozymes, and need to see the secondary structure that arises from its flanking arms binding to a target mRNA. I've used Mfold as well as IDT's OligoAnalyzer (Hairpin), but ...
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Alternative protocol for evaluating RNA integrity, using a bleach gel

I hate having to run MOPS PFA agarose gels with DEPC and everything just to verify my RNA integrity. I came across an alternative protocol that uses ordinary household bleach in the gel to inhibit ...