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RNA (Ribonucleic Acid)

RNA is a long molecule that determines the inherited features of some types of organisms, such as viruses. The RNA is made up of smaller parts (nucleic acids) whose order within the RNA is important.

In humans, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) causes RNA to be formed and carry out messages within the body.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Last Revised July 6, 2011

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Last Updated: July 06, 2011
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