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MIT Reels in RNA Surprise With Microbial Ocean Catch
May 14, 2009
An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs--snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these single-celled creatures, MIT researchers report in the May 14 issue of Nature. Before now, small RNA could only be studied in lab-cultured microorganisms.
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