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Scientists Find They Can Tap Gene-Silencing Process To Reveal Parts Of Genetic Machinery

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April 5, 2002
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University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
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In 1998, researchers discovered to their surprise a long-hidden but common form of gene silencing called “RNA interference.” In that key biological process, double-stranded pieces of the genetic information known as RNA become potent brakes on gene activity. Now, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that RNAi itself can be exploited to rapidly identify parts of the machinery that make RNAi work.

CHAPEL HILL - In 1998, researchers discovered to their surprise a long-hidden but common form of gene silencing called “RNA interference.” In that key biological process, double-stranded pieces of the genetic information known as RNA become potent brakes on gene activity.


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