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The mission of the RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) is to cultivate a vibrant center of discovery and innovation in RNA biology, informatics, diagnostics, and therapy. Our goal is to provide a fluid pipeline from basic to clinical RNA research at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
April 1, 2022
It has long been known that the intelligence of octopuses and other cephalopods far exceeds that of other invertebrates; the complexity of their brains in fact, looks much more like vertebrate species. Researchers in Germany have discovered that octopuses evolved this greater complexity by expanding their use of a class of regulatory RNAs, called microRNAs, during development. These results show that miRNAs are linked to neuronal function and development, and possibly required for the emergence of complex brains in animals.
April 4, 2022Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado have created a new biological computer based on RNA circuits, rather than DNA. In contrast to electronic computers that code with 1's and 0's, biologic computers code with the four chemical bases that make up RNA – A, C, U and G. Biologic computers have the potential to revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.
We encourage you to watch the latest video from the RNA Bioscience Initiative. In this video RBI co-founder and co-director, Dr. David Bentley, deftly explains the nature of RNA in simple, accessible terms. Please share this video with friends and family
and help us expand understanding of RNA and RNA research to a broader audience.
The RBI has made CU Anschutz a clear hub of RNA biology expertise, raising the status of the university and its researchers in the eyes of scientists at institutions around the country and the world. The RBI sets CU Anschutz up as a leader in the exciting and groundbreaking field of RNA biology.
Amy Campbell, PhD
RBI Co-Director, David Bentley, PhD, was interviewed by 9News reporter Anusha Roy and featured on Next with Kyle Clark. In this piece Dr. Bentley expertly describes the future of mRNA technology and its possible therapeutic uses beyond the COVID vaccine.