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Destructive Messages

To combat disease-causing DNA, researchers are attempting to destroy RNA messages that might result in harmful proteins.

By Rachael Moeller Gorman // Infographic by Flying Chilli // Winter 2008
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RNA does DNA’s bidding, ordering the creation of proteins that usually serve beneficial functions in the body. To combat disease-causing DNA, researchers are attempting to destroy its messages before they result in harmful proteins.

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