RNA's potential to revolutionize medicine and vaccines explained

University of Colorado Boulder June 10, 2024, 11:00 PM UTC

Summary: RNA, often overshadowed by DNA, is gaining prominence in medicine with over 400 RNA-based drugs in development. Messenger RNA could revolutionize vaccines, making flu shots obsolete. RNA guides CRISPR for genetic editing and telomerase for potential anti-aging effects. RNA's versatility and catalytic abilities were highlighted by Nobel-winning research in 1989. RNA vaccines, like those for COVID, offer faster and more effective solutions than traditional methods. RNA therapies are already treating diseases like spinal muscular atrophy and sickle cell disease.

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