RNA2017 – Prague

We are back from the RNA2107 in Prague. Very exciting talks!

One highlight, Adrian Krainer talked about SPINRAZA, a new therapy against spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) based on antisense oligos. SMA produces the loss of motor neurons that ends up in muscle wasting and early dead (the life expectation of a new born baby with type 1 SMA is ten months). The recently developed treatment treatment has shown excellent results in phase III clinical trials. Adrian guided us through the conception and development of the drug and included emotive videos of how SPINRAZA improves the life of children affected with SMA. An inspiring talk that demonstrates that basic science is fundamental for advancing applied research.

 

In their memory

With incredible sadness I received the terrible news that my colleagues and friends, Bernd Fischer and Katrin Eichelbaum, passed away. Bernd, Katrin and I formed a highly interdisciplinary team working from 2009 to 2014 at EMBL in Heidelberg. Bernd and I continued our close collaboration as independent group leaders. Together with other colleagues at EMBL, we achieved a long-standing challenge: the determination of the “near complete” atlas of human RNA-binding proteins. Katrin and Bernd were outstanding scientists and great friends.

I can only be grateful for having the opportunity to work with you. You are terribly missed.

Alfredo

Bernd Fischer

Katrin Eichelbaum

 

 

Celebrating our great success!

Explaining me why ENSEMBL IDs?

A Molecular View of HIV Therapy

After HIV enters a T-cell, three enzymes play essential roles in the life cycle of the virus. Reverse transcriptase copies the viral RNA genome and makes a DNA copy. Integrase inserts this viral DNA into the cell’s DNA. In the last steps of the viral life cycle, HIV protease cuts HIV proteins into their functional parts.

This animation was created based on atomic structures from the Protein Data Bank: Reverse Transcriptase: 3hvt, 3dlk, 3v6d, 3v4i, 3klg, 3v81 Integrase: 3os1, 3os0, 3oya Protease: 3pj6, 1kj4, 1hxb, 2az9, 2azc HIV Polyprotein, Capsid Protein, Matrix Protein: 1l6n, 2m8l, 1tam

Story: David S. Goodsell

Animation and Video Editing: Maria Voigt

Narration: Brian Hudson

Music: Gosta Berling

Postdoctoral position in RNA biology and Genomics in the Pelechano lab

Our collaborators in the Pelechano lab (Karolinska Institutet) are seeking for a postdoctoral fellow in RNA biology and genomics. The available postdoctoral position concerns developing and applying novel genomic approaches to study non-genetic heterogeneity in clonal population of cells. The candidate will focus on the study of translation regulation and its contribution to cell-to-cell variability in S. cerevisiae, with a special focus on ribosome dynamics, tRNA biology and post-transcriptional regulation. In a second stage the candidate will expand his/her work to the study of human cells. The candidate will perform original research in genomics, and acquire the required experimental and computational skills necessary for the completion of the project.

For the full information about this post visit the original job offer.