C10: The RNA World: Past, Present, and Future (RNA世界 : 過去、現在和未來)

With the recent expansion of knowledge and technology, our understanding of the biological role and diversity of ribonucleic acid (RNA) has changed significantly. Being a close cousin to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), RNA is versatile and thought to be an ancient biomolecule that originates life. RNA has the dual functionality to store genetic information like DNA, and perform catalysis and regulate gene functions like producing proteins. In this talk, I will take a historical perspective (via a series of Nobel Prize winners' works or ground-breaking discoveries) to discuss the past and present of the RNA world, and will present my view on how RNA can shape the advancement of chemistry, biology, and medicine in our eminent future.

Speaker: Prof. Chun Kit KWOK
Target Audience: Form 4 - 6
Duration: 40 - 45 minutes
Medium of Language: English 

Registration: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/csci/local-school-outreach/popular-science-talks