The Ernst Schering Foundation has awarded the 2005 Ernst Schering Prize to Thomas Tuschl for his groundbreaking work in the field of RNA interference. Professor Tuschl, researcher at the Rockefeller University in New York, is the 14th holder of this annual prize, which has been awarded since 1992. It is endowed with 50,000 euros and is considered one of the most important scientific prizes in Germany. The official award ceremony will take place in Berlin on September 21, at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities). "With his work, Professor Thomas Tuschl is an influential leader and pioneer in this exciting field of science," comments Dr. Monika Lessl, Managing Director of the Ernst Schering Foundation. As part of the award ceremony, the Foundation will also be organizing a symposium with renowned experts on the subject of RNA interference, to be held on September 22 at the Harnack-Haus belonging to the Max Planck Society in Berlin.
For many years, ribonucleic acids (RNA) were considered to be of little interest. Yet in the meantime these chemical relatives of DNA are enjoying a boom within the research community. It is now obvious that their tasks within the organism are more varied than was originally thought. A more precise understanding of the role of RNA in the cell could even provide a novel approach to new therapies. And with his work, Thomas Tuschl has significantly influenced this field.
For a long time, the main task of ribonucleic acids was considered to be transporting the genetic information about individual proteins from the cell nucleus to the site of protein synthesis as a copy of parts of the DNA. Nowadays we know that particular RNA molecules can even prevent this process occurring. This is called RNA interference, when one RNA captures another one, rendering it inactive and so preventing gene expression. Thomas Tuschl was the first to demonstrate that this mechanism Page: 1 2 3 Related biology news :1
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