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2011-03-23 20:26:49

Noted experts explore this topic in the April issue of Translational Research Since their discovery in the 1990s, microRNAs have proven to play a complex role in normal and abnormal functioning of many organ systems. In the April issue of Translational Research, entitled "MicroRNAs: A Potential New Frontier for Medicine," an international group of medical experts explores several themes related to our current understanding of microRNAs and the role they may play in the future of medicine. A...

2008-09-18 12:00:13

Phylogeny, Inc., the in situ company, announces its new microRNA in situ hybridization detection service. As scientists investigate the role of regulatory RNA molecules in the development of disease, they will need to move beyond standard whole tissue expression profiling to a more precise method of identifying the exact cells that are modulated by these molecules. Responding to that need, Phylogeny is pleased to announce that it has launched a new in situ service to localize microRNAs...

2008-03-19 14:30:00

A new tool for rice genetics allows rice breeders to surgically inactivate genes that confer unwanted properties. The findings are published in this week's PLoS ONE.Imagine you are a rice breeder and one day within a large field you discover a plant that has just the characteristics you have been looking for. You happily take your special plant to the laboratory where you find out that the spontaneous, beneficial event was due to inactivation of a single gene. This is a great observation;...

2005-06-22 13:40:00

Regulating when and where certain proteins are made is crucial to the normal functioning of living things. To make proteins, information from DNA is transcribed into RNA molecules and then translated into the amino acids building blocks of proteins. But not all genes code for proteins--some make RNA molecules called microRNAs. These small RNA molecules interfere with--and therefore control--the production of proteins. A new paper in PLoS Computational Biology shows how important microRNAs are...

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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'