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How fluorescent RNA gets its glow

Fluorescent tags are proving invaluable for tracking RNA molecules in cells. Two sets of crystal structures for one such tag — an RNA motif that fluoresces when bound to a dye — will aid the development of even better markers.

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Scott, W. How fluorescent RNA gets its glow. Nature 513, 42–43 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/513042a

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