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'Cell Symposia: Functional RNAs', Sitges, Spain

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2012-12-02 An event entitled 'Cell Symposia: Functional RNAs' will take place from 2 to 4 December 2012 in Sitges, Spain.

One of the greatest findings in cell research has been the discovery that human genome encodes only around 20,000 protein-coding genes, which represent less than 2% of the total genome. But RNAs are more than a collection of protein-coding genes and their splice variants. They are the result of extensive antisense, overlapping and non-coding RNA expression. Although initially dismissed as spurious transcriptional noise, recent evidence suggests that the so-called "dark matter" of the genome may play a major biological role in cellular development and metabolism.

The symposium will bring together experts in RNA chemistry and biology with an emphasis on a broad range of topics including the recognition and properties of RNA, RNP assembly, as well as the function of RNPs in cellular development and disease.

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