Science is Like Magic but Real!
We are female scientists inspired by the intricate and powerful role RNA (DNA’s cousin) plays in our carbon-based world! Our podcast focuses on exploring how RNA regulates everything from animal development, disease, deep-sea creatures, and many more!
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We acknowledge that Toronto, Ontario is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Not Just RNA is a collaborative podcast, where we discuss RNA-related research. Over the past few decades several revolutionary therapeutics have been developed using RNA or RNA-like molecules. FDA-approval of these therapeutics makes one thing clear, RNA-based therapies are precise and incredibly effective as compared to previously developed therapies. Chances are you may be prescribed RNA-based therapies in the near future.
While RNA-based therapies are set to play a pivotal role in the future of medicine, RNA also plays a critical role in pathology (including COVID-19). Many viruses and bacteria retain genetic material solely in RNA (they don’t have DNA). Effective defenses against these pathogens require us to know how RNA is modified, used or manipulated in these organisms. Scientists are actively studying these systems to get a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of how they work, so that we might be ready for the next pandemic.
These leaps in scientific and medical research raise a lot of questions. What is RNA? Does it interact with our DNA? What are the different types of RNA? Does RNA behave the same way in all organisms on earth? What does RNA do during human development? Can we use this information to correct for genetic defects in human a fetus? And many MANY more questions..
The goal of this podcast is to investigate these questions and related scientific literature. Maybe we will help answer questions or we may walk away from a conversation with more questions than answers! It’s all a part of the scientific process. Regardless, we hope to create a safe community where anyone, anywhere can ask questions and have honest conversations with scientists actively studying RNA.
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