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Vaerlio Orlando - Human Repeatome: from junk to RNA therapeutics for aging and tissue regeneration

In contrast with the classic view of the repeat portion of the mammalian genome seen as junk or potentially detrimental, recent evidence reveal an unexpected activity of retrotransposons in somatic cells. However, in large measure the functional significance of this activity remains to be understood.  Our work focuses on the role of L1 retrotransposons in health and disease. Data will be presented showing how L1 RNA can act either as target or tool acting in different cell compartments to ameliorate aging and aging related disease models.

Valerio Orlando is Professor of Epigenetics and Founder and Director of KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Research Program Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Please see his biosketch attached.

The host of this speaker is Ana Pombo.

You are all cordially invited to attend this talk. If anyone is interested in meeting Prof. Orlando, please contact


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