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The sky in a pond

It was like finding the laws that govern the movement of planets inside a pond. Because that is where Euglena gracilis lives, a unicellular organism, which has allowed a group of scientists of mathLab and of Sensing and Moving Bioinspired Artifacts laboratory (SAMBA) at SISSA, in association with the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS, to rebuild the motion in three dimensions of single cells, using a very original approach, which looks to Space.

SISSA's new website

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the new SISSA website is online. This is the fruit of a participatory process which involved the School’s personnel through its delegates. They have all been working with passion to achieve such a high level result. The website, developed by Sissa Medialab, has been renewed in the graphics and presents a new organization, which makes it more user friendly and clearer. We would like to thank all the people who contributed to this important result, in particular Isabella Brumati and Andrea Delise who supervised the project.

Discovering the structure of RNA

It is the less known member of the nucleic acid family, superseded in popularity by its cousin DNA. And yet RNA, or ribonucleic acid, plays an essential role in many biological processes: not only as messenger molecule with the task of transmitting genetic information from the nucleus to the cytoplasm for protein production, but also as protagonist of different and significantly important cellular mechanisms.