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RNA polymerase observed at work in real time

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Sep 14 2015

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Research, Faculty

RNA polymerase II makes life possible by expressing genes. Now, a multidisciplinary team of Stanford scientists led by Prof. Steven Block has observed this enzyme transcribing DNA in real time in the highest detail ever. The work is a crucial piece in understanding one of the most fundamental mechanisms in biology, and could some day lead to several medical advances. The study was recently published in Nature.