QBI researcher Professor Tim Bredy believes his team are on the verge of something big. They are studying the role of ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is present in all living things, including viruses. RNA is structurally like DNA but it is involved in multiple functions, including brain development, learning and memory.  

In this conversation, Tim explores:  

  • RNA’s functions in our body, including in our brain 
  • His team’s exciting discovery of a circular RNA  
  • The vast potential of emerging RNA therapies 
  • Embracing third-generation sequencing to accelerate discoveries 
  • How fundamental science is helping to advance RNA therapeutics 


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