An opportunity for first- and second-level secondary school children to discover some aspects of epigenetic regulation and its potential use in clinics: a lecture ex cathedra will focus on the study of microRNAs, small sequences of non coding RNA with a great impact on the regulation of the translation of the DNA into protein.

  • The first part of the lesson (about 30 minutes) will be dedicated to the function of microRNAs and their potential use in the clinic.
  • In the second part (about 30 minutes) we will deal with how some biological processes can be used to visualize the presence of pathological alterations in vivo, with particular reference to imaging techniques such as bioluminescent imaging, positron emission tomography (PET) and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Finally, the experience proposed includes the involvement of children in the laboratory to discover which technologies allow us to study microRNAs in vitro and in vivo.

Venue: Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare, Via F. Cervi 93, 20090 Segrate (MI)

Focus: Red Biotech, Green Biotech, White Biotech

Type: Meeting/Debate

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Organiser: Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare (IBFM) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)