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Congratulations to Aaztli Coria (Graduate Student, Alain Laederach’s Lab) for receiving an NIH F31 fellowship titled, “A novel melanoma therapeutic target: Elucidating the structure and mapping functional domains of the lncRNA SAMMSON.” Aaztli is studying the lncRNA SAMMSON that is specifically expressed in malignant melanoma cells. Upon depletion of SAMMSON melanoma cells undergo apoptosis, suggesting these cells are “addicted” to this long non-coding RNA. She aims to model the secondary structure of SAMMSON and identify the structural domains required for SAMMSON to interact with the protein p32.

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