Friday, March 26, 11:05–12:00 pm

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry University of Utah
“Distinguishing self and non-self dsRNA in vertebrates and invertebrates”

TALK ABSTRACT: When a virus infects an animal cell, including a human cell, double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) matching the viral sequence is found in the cell. Viral dsRNA is recognized as foreign and an immune response is mounted. Recently it has been realized that animal cells encode and synthesize their own dsRNA ....