Of small RNAs, gigabytes of sequences and the precious genome of the germline
Scattered throughout the genomes of plants, fungi, and animals are stretches of DNA called transposable elements, which can translocate from one genomic place to another. As these “jumping genes” often cause deleterious mutations, different genome protection mechanisms have evolved in all eukaryotes.
Hotspot Vienna – Research conference on RNA interference
The “10th Microsymposium on small RNAs” took place last week at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, bringing together the leading scientists in the world working on the role of small non-coding RNAs in the regulation of gene expression. The conference was organized by IMBA, together with its partner-organization the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).
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