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ribonucleic acid (RNA)

Even through the disorientation of fugue state, he now remembered the painful therapy sessions, the long hours in the RNA virus baths, and the surgery.
Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  biochemistry:  a molecule that carries the genetic message from DNA to a cellular protein-producing mechanisms
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RNA ribonucleic acid
Strongly Associated with:   deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
A nucleic acid, found mostly in the cytoplasm-rather than the nucleus-of cells. RNA, like the structurally similar DNA, is a chain made up of subunits called nucleotides. RNA plays several roles in determining the synthesis of proteins. Messenger RNA replicates the DNA code for a protein and moves to sites in the cell called ribosomes. There, the much shorter transfer RNA (tRNA) assembles amino acids to form the protein specified by the messenger RNA. Most forms of RNA (including messenger and transfer RNA) consist of a single nucleotide strand, but a few forms of viral RNA that function as carriers of genetic information (instead of DNA) are double-stranded. Some viruses, such as HIV, carry RNA instead of the more usual genetic material DNA.
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  • Even through the disorientation of fugue state, he now remembered the painful therapy sessions, the long hours in the RNA virus baths, and the surgery.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "We’re getting to the point, and the Glatun are long past the point, of Junior’s Home RNA kit," Tyler said.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The capsule contains one or more strands of DNA or RNA, which are long molecules that contain the software program for making a copy of the virus.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • But you have to understand that we’re dealing with a mutation of a genetically engineered vaccine here-literally billions of DNA and RNA pairs.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue

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  • The genetic code inside Ebola is a single strand of RNA.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • They surround a single strand of RNA, which is the virus’s genetic code.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The earth’s primordial ocean, which came into existence not long after the earth was formed, about four and a half billion years ago, may well have contained microscopic life forms based on RNA.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • I’m still going in as an outpatient, but the RNA transplant series just leaves me with bruises and a depressed feeling.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • never knew the mind-stunting shortcuts of RNA medication, datasphere immersion, systemic flashback training, stylized encounter groups, "higher-level thinking skills" at the expense of facts, or preliterate programming.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Helenda has seen to it that I have been so fitted: biomonitors, sensory extenders, and internal comlog, neural shunts, kickers, metacortex processors, blood chips, RNA tapeworms… my mother wouldn’t have recognized my insides.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion

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  • Retroviruses actually referred to a particular class of virus, the HIV virus being the most well known, that were simple chunks of DNA or RNA.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • You’ve taken RNA learn ing medication, yes?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • SoI’s opinion had been and continued to be that medicine hadn’t really changed much since the days of leeches and poultices; nowadays they whirred one in centrifuges, realigned the body’s magnetic field; bombarded the victim with sonic waves, tapped into the cells to interrogate the RNA, and then admitted their ignorance without actually coming out and saying so.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She was seventy years old and still she had never traveled offworld, used a fatline, tasted any alcoholic drink except wine, interfaced with an empathy surgeon, stepped through a farcaster door, smoked a cannahis stick, received gene tailoring, plugged into a stimsim, received any formal schooling, taken any RNA medication, heard of Zen Gnostics or the Shrike Church, or flown any vehicle except an ancient Vikken skimmer belonging to her family.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ribonucleic acid (RNA) [7] , deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) [2] , gene [1] , deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) [2] , double helix [9]
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