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Medical News and Perspectives
July 27, 2005

MicroRNAs Move Into Cancer Research

JAMA. 2005;294(4):411-412. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.411

With the goal of understanding and manipulating the behavior of cells gone awry, many cancer researchers have turned to the gene-silencing technique known as RNA interference with the hope of using the approach to effectively mute the expression of genes that drive malignancies. Now, three new studies in the June 9 issue of Nature point to naturally occurring roles of interfering RNAs called microRNAs in cancer development, findings that could one day lead to new diagnostics and therapies.

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