Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Abelson, John
Location California Institute of Technology
Primary Field Biochemistry
 Election Citation
Abelson is one of the major figures in the area of transcription of DNA. His work has made possible an understanding of how genomic DNA can be converted to both messenger RNA and transfer RNA, particularly when there are introns present in the genome. He has identified the enzymes that not only cleave genes into fragments, but also has elucitated the mechanisms by which fragments are spliced together to make the functional RNA. This work is of the greatest importance in understanding how genes are regulated and expressed.

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