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Thomas R. Cech Feb. 17

February 15, 2010

Thomas Cech, Ph.D., became the 1989 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry after discovering that the ribonucleic acid enzyme is more than a passive carrier of genetic information--it plays an active role in cellular metabolism.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
4-5 p.m.
Yates Building, Room 104

Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D., will be presenting a seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in Yates, Room 104, titled "Crawling out of the RNA World: Telomerase and Telomeres."

This seminar is in conjuction with:

About Thomas Cech

Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D., 1989 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Distinguished Professor, HHMI Investigator, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Member National Academy of Sciences.

Studies on the telomerase enzyme

His lab's early work on catalytic RNAs (ribonucleic acid enzymes, or ribozymes) helped to establish that RNA is not restricted to being a passive carrier of genetic information, but can have an active role in cellular metabolism. Cech has now moved on from ribozymes to telomerase, a system in which catalysis is carried out by an RNP (RNA-protein complex).

Contact: Lora Sonday
Phone: (970) 491-7203