The secret behind medicine that uses messenger RNA (or mRNA) is that it "teaches" the bodies how to fight diseases on the own, leading to groundbreaking treatments for COVID-19 and, potentially one day, cancer, the flu and other ailments that have haunted humanity for millennia. RNA researcher Melissa J. Moore - Moderna's chief scientific officer and one of the many people responsible for the rapid creation and deployment of their COVID-19 vaccine - takes down to the molecular level, unraveling how mRNA helps the bodies' proteins maintain health, prevent disease and correct errors in the genetic code. "We have entered an entirely new era of medicine," Moore says.
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