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Welcome to the RNA Center!

The Center for Molecular Biology of RNA was founded at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1992 with a grant from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust. Its mission is to promote the interdisciplinary study of the structure, function and biological roles of RNA. A major focus is to bring together researchers studying RNA structure by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy with groups studying RNA function. Another focus is to promote the interface between bioinformatics and RNA molecular biology. Among the research topics under investigation in the Center are catalytic RNA ("ribozymes"), the structure and function of ribosomes, the mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing, regulation of alternative splicing in eukaryotic gene expression, computational analysis of small cellular RNAs and RNA genomics.