RNA interference functions and mechanisms in animals

Published on September 28, 2017   29 min

Other Talks in the Series: RNA Interference

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This is Professor Richard Carthew from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois United States. And today I'm going to be talking about RNA Interference or RNAi and its functions and mechanisms in animals.
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To understand why RNA Interference or RNAi exists, it's worth revisiting two classic books from the 19th century. One that you are no doubt familiar with and one that you may not be so familiar with. Darwin's Theory of Evolution assumed that features central to survival could be inherited. Of course, we now know these are our genes.
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August Weismann proposed a different theory, though equally revolutionary. An organism is composed of germ cells that pass all genetic determinants unaltered to the next generation. The rest of the body's cells merely accommodate the germ cells. Or as Samuel Butler said it, "A hen is only an eggs way of making another egg".
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