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Sir David Baulcombe - Of Maize and Men

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followed by a wine reception

Many discoveries in biology are made first in plants. Only very recently, a class of small regulatory RNA strands common to many eucaryotes, the siRNA, was found. Some of these diverse RNA fragments are negative regulators of gene expression whereas others participate in more complex regulatory effects—or even as part of an RNA signal that moves between cells.

In his SciSoc Lecture, Sir David Baulcombe, the co-discoverer of this much talked about RNA variety, will describe how siRNA was discovered, it’s impact on the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the role it plays in improving crop plants.

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