Damaged DNA

Discovery of a new mechanism for genetic change: Exitron splicing implications for carcinogenesis

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by Michael Black Carcinogenesis, or the process of transformation of cells to a cancerous state, often is associated with aberrations in messenger RNA splicing. Removal of introns in pre-mRNA is an essential step in normal cell processing of mRNA prior to transcription of a peptide from a final mRNA transcript. Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA gives cells the ability to regulate multiple final mRNA products from a single gene, adding diversity to the population …