World RNA Day

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World RNA Day
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World RNA Day

On August 1st, the world commemorates World RNA Day, dedicated to honoring the essential biological molecule, ribonucleic acid (RNA). The chosen date cleverly aligns with the pun between August 1st and AUG, a triple RNA sequence pivotal in initiating protein synthesis within cells.

RNA, a nucleic acid ubiquitous in all living cells, shares a structural resemblance to DNA but typically exists as a single-stranded molecule. Its backbone comprises alternating phosphate groups and the sugar ribose, distinct from the deoxyribose found in DNA. The RNA world hypothesis posits that life on Earth commenced with a basic RNA molecule capable of self-replication without reliance on other molecules.