Hot Topics in Science: Ribosomes, Lost in Translation
Dr. Marina Tourlakis,
Life Sciences Tutor (Molecular Genetics)
Quest University Canada
Free & Open to the Public
Ribosomes are present in all known living things and play the crucial role of translating information coded in the genome into proteins that carry out myriad functions in the cell.
Given their central role in information transfer and hence life, ribosomes serve as important centres for regulatory control. Many antibiotics target the ribosomes of bacteria, many plants have ribosome inactivating proteins to prevent viruses from hijacking their infrastructure, and a growing number of human diseases can be tied back to ribosome dysfunction.
In this talk, I will outline how ribosomes are linked to disease and how studying rare diseases can help us understand common problems.