Cech, Thomas R


1947– American scientist who discovered that RNA can act as an enzyme.

Keywords: DNA; catalytic RNA; telomerase; Nobel Prize

Further Reading

Cech TR (1990) Nobel lecture. Self‐splicing and enzymatic activity of an intervening sequence RNA from Tetrahymena. Bioscience Reports 10: 239–261.

Kruger K, Grabowski PJ, Zaug AJ, Sands J, Gottschling DE and Cech TR (1982) Self‐splicing RNA: autoexcision and autocyclization of the ribosomal RNA intervening sequence of Tetrahymena. Cell 31: 147–157.

Nobel e‐Museum [http://mirror.nobel.ki.se/ chemistry/laureates/1989/cech‐autobio.html] [Website of the Nobel Foundation]

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Witkowski, JA(Apr 2001) Cech, Thomas R. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002748]