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DFG extends SFB 902 funding

May 2015. CEF congratulates the collaborative research centre "Molecular Principles of RNA-based Regulation" (SFB 902) to its successful evaluation and extention. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will continue funding the SFB 902 with 8.9 million Euro over the next five years.

In the SFB 902 scientists from Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics and Max Planck Institute of Brain Research have joined forces to unravel the multiple regulatory and enzymatic functions of ribonucleic acid (RNA).

RNA molecules exist in different lengths – ranging from tiny pieces of micro-RNA to large RNA-Proteins and, based on their three-dimensional structures, differ greatly in their functions. Many of these functions have only been discovered in recent years and the involvement of RNA in a large variety of cellular events continues to unfold.

Research in the SFB 902 aims to unravel the relationship between the structural versatility and conformational dynamics of RNA and its biological functions on a fundamental level. Such investigations will allow scientists to understand RNA-based regulatory processes in biological systems and to design new RNA modules that can exert novel functions, ultimately also in cells. More ...

Harald Schwalbe, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Center for Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance (BMRZ), Riedberg Campus, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany, Tel.: +49 69 798-29737, schwalbe@nmr.uni-frankfurt.de