RNA institute unveiled at UAlbany

Posted at: 06/11/2013 1:10 PM
Updated at: 06/11/2013 6:14 PM
By: Benita Zahn

The new RNA institute.
The new RNA institute.

ALBANY – The University at Albany has unveiled its new RNA institute.

It's a state of the art facility that will house scientists, technicians and other employees.

“The heart of what happens here is to create a bigger  - and a bigger view of RNA as being central to all of biology and therefore a target for new diagnostics and drugs “

  Welcome to the world of RNA research. RNA, ribo-nucleic acid, a key building block in our bodies and it's key job - making proteins. So  targeting RNA activity holds great promise for treating diseases.

“We can regulate or knock down MRSA by targeting its RNA. We can go after HIV the same way.”

   Dr. Paul Agris is Director of the RNA institute. As he explains, this institute will coordinate with 57 RNA research labs across providing resources for other universities and and corporations.

RNA research, technology development, drug discovery and diagnosis development. “

    Not only is the institute novel in its mission - to create a community for RNA research - But in its physical plant. Everything but the sinks in these labs is moveable to accommodate equipment advances.

“So you've created for what will still be created. .. For years to come .. A whole new geometry. “

   The institute, while already operational, is expected to be fully staffed and up to speed by the fall.

The institute will serve as a hub for studies on diseases and conditions including Alzheimer’s, AIDS and ALS.