RNA (Ribonucleic Acid)
A chemical found in the nucleus and cytoplasm of terragen cells; it plays an important role in protein synthesis and other chemical activities of the cell. The structure of RNA is similar to that of DNA. There are several classes of RNA molecules, including messenger RNA, transfer RNA, ribosomal RNA, and other small RNAs, each serving a different purpose. Because of its ability to instruct the rest of the cell what to do, RNA is an important tool in gengineering.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev based on original from Hypermedia Glossary Of Genetic Terms
Initially published on 22 December 2001.