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Name: Barbara D.
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Age: 50s
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Date: August 2004


Question:
What happens to mRNA after translation?



Replies:
Dear Barbara:

Your question has recently become the focus of much greater research interest, including my own, because mRNA stability appears to be an increasingly important mechanism by which cells regulate expression of specific mRNA transcripts. The details of the complex processes that regulate timing of mRNA breakdown or degradation are summarized in the following section on Degradation of mRNAs from the online textbook, "Genomes", if you're interested in learning more:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowSection&rid=genomes.section.7399

Thanks very much for the great question,

Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
CHOC Research Institute



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