Cancer cells are normal cells that have lost their ability to function in a community with other normal cells and grow in an uncontrollable way. The growth capacity of the cells is controlled by a gene called MYC (pronounced “mick”). MYC is a notorious gene that causes aggressive prostate cancer. MYC is a master-regulator that directs other genes needed to multiply a cell to become many cells. MYC combines with other proteins and a special type of molecule called RNA. RNA is traditionally known as a messenger that transmits information in genes to make proteins. But the RNA we found is important for maintaining MYC attached to its protein and RNA accessories in order to act asa carcinogenic unit. Understanding how MYC acts will give us clues about how to approach new molecule-based methods to detect growing cancer and potentially create new drugs to stop MYC.