Sculptors of the cell: RNA research at Whitehead Institute
RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is an essential and highly versatile molecule that shapes the landscape of every cell in our body, and even the course of evolution. In this multimedia collection, we explore some of the ways in which Whitehead Institute scientists are pushing the boundaries of what is known in the field of RNA biology and uncovering important implications for health and disease.
When the first Covid-19 vaccines were announced, they made headlines both because of their promise to turn the tide in the Covid pandemic and because they would be the first RNA vaccines allowed to be used in people. Developing these vaccines as quickly as they were is a testament not only to the companies that produce them, but also to the decades of foundational science in RNA biology, virology, and immunology that made them ripe for discovery. Researchers at Whitehead Institute have contributed many important insights into the form and function of RNA over the years, and they continue to explore the science of RNA in a variety of contexts, including the Covid-19 pandemic and other areas of health and disease.