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posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:03 AM by Rachel Aronoff   [ updated Dec 11, 2014, 8:48 AM ]
Information from the review* by di Fagagna in Trends in Cell Biology has been very well received by one of the artists interested in AGiR!, its aims and its art call.  While not sure exactly when he will find the time to make his contribution, he says: 
Thanks - that makes things a little more real in my mind.  …  When damage is detected  a response is triggered which would be a cascade of step by step actions. It is mind boggling to imagine how this is organised.

Of course, that RNA could be providing sequence specificity and even structural/enzymatic activities for DNA repair processes and the overall DNA Damage Response is key to this review, already linked in the 'Selected Publications' page of the site
As di Fagagna says at its end: 
        although the emerging evidence is very recent, more is likely to follow. 
                DNA can rest assured: RNA is looking after it. 

Hot news, indeed, and something that again points to the need for a more general understanding of the many aspects of genomic integrity and ways it can be threatened!  Take care and spread the word!


*(March 2014, A direct role for small non-coding RNAs in DNA damage response. doi:10.1016/j.tcb.2013.09.008 ) 
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