Tsinghua University and Science/AAAS are collaborating to present the latest breakthroughs and advances in a range of important research areas. Internationally renowned experts have been invited to present their work in a series of lectures that will run through 2021. In the first lecture series, a packed agenda of six speakers sought to broaden our understanding of the critical role played by spliceosomes—RNA-protein complexes responsible for processing pre-mRNAs into mature mRNAs for translation into proteins—in disease and viral pathogenesis, covering topics including the structural mechanics of the spliceosome, how mRNA splicing defects might be repaired, and regulation of transcription and genome organization through noncoding regions of the genome. Future topics include structural biology and drug design, computational structural biology, and epigenetics. You can find other advertorials in this series here: Part 2.