GlycoRNA: another 'hiding in plain sight' discovery

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https://newatlas.com/biology/glycorna-new-biomolecule-class-all-life/

"Exactly what glycoRNAs do in the body remains unknown, but scientists plan to investigate further. The team has a suspicion that they may be involved in autoimmune diseases, since some of the RNAs that are becoming glycosated are known targets for the immune system in patients with lupus. Further studies could open up new potential treatment opportunities."

In the past few years, they'd discovered (or rediscovered) previously unknown organs in the body. Here's a potentially important molecule that no one had even considered looking for as part of ME. Might the core cause of ME be one of these things that no one knows to even consider?

I haven't heard anything new from the 'something in the blood' search. I'm pretty sure glycoRNA wasn't on their search list.
 

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In the article they interview Stanford professor Carolyn Bertozzi.

Funny anecdote about Carolyn Bertozzi:

When I was a PhD student at Berkeley, I had a class with Bertozzi. After class I was chatting with her about the things people are taught in school that they never end up needing in real life. She mentioned "Yeah, the first thing that chemistry students are taught are how to balance chemical equations. In my entire professional career, I've never had to balance a chemical equation!" :jaw-drop:
 

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In my entire professional career, I've never had to balance a chemical equation!" :jaw-drop:
I wonder what percentage of chemists actually do balance equations more often than 'just occasionally if at all'. There's probably only a small percentage that do it regularly.

That being said, students can't get to the 'doing complex chemistry without needing to do those basic calculations' stage without understanding the basics first.