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December 8th

  • American biochemist and molecular biologist who, with Sidney Altman, was awarded the 1989 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discoveries concerning RNA (ribonucleic acid).
  • Prior to Cech’s research on RNA, most scientists believed that proteins were the only catalysts in living cells.
  • Discoveries by both Cech and Altman overturned the notion that RNA is merely a genetic messenger – an intermediate in the synthesis of proteins from DNA.


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