RNA was the first genetic molecule.
Thomas Cech became president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on January 1, 2000.
Thomas Cech and Sidney Altman discovered that RNA can have enzymatic activities. For this discovery, they shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Thomas Cech talks about finding catalytic RNA or ribozymes.
Stanley Miller and Harold Urey demonstrate that organic molecules can be synthesized under prebiotic conditions, and Thomas Cech and Sidney Altman show that RNA can have enzymatic activities.