RNAi Explained

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 07.01.05
  • NOVA scienceNOW

RNAi, short for "RNA interference," is a remarkable way to shut down the expression of genes. Harnessing its power could lead to great advances in medical science and molecular biology. But how does it work? In this interactive, see RNAi explained both through easy-to-grasp cartoon metaphors as well as using the standard terms of biology textbooks.

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What is RNAi and how does it work? We'll show you using cartoon metaphors as well as standard scientific terms.



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