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A new approach to RNA sequencing reveals thousands of previously inaccessible lncRNA fragments in blood plasma

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New method opens unexplored realms for liquid biopsies A new approach to RNA sequencing reveals thousands of previously inaccessible RNA fragments in blood plasma that might serve as disease- and organ-specific biomarkers Advancing technology is allowing scientists increasingly to search for tiny signs of cancer and other health issues in samples of patients’ blood and urine. These “liquid biopsies” are ...

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LDAIR, a lncRNA regulates seasonal changes in stress response

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Biologists at the National Institute for Basic Biology and the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University have discovered that long non-coding RNA regulates seasonal changes in stress response in medaka fish. The results of this study were reported in Nature Ecology & Evolution. In temperate zones, the environment fluctuates greatly depending on the season, and animals living in these ...

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Scientists link lncRNA leptin with obesity

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Obesity is a major public-health problem in the United States and around the world, with an estimated 650 million people suffering from the condition. One of the biggest challenges of this ever-worsening condition is figuring out why people become obese in the first place, and why some people are more vulnerable to obesity than others. Now, scientists at The Rockefeller ...

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Researchers develop new approach to study long non-coding RNAs

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New method identifies and determines role for newly discovered genetic units Until recently, scientific research concentrated almost exclusively on the 2 percent of the genome’s protein coding regions, virtually ignoring the other 98 percent – a vast universe of non-coding genetic material previously dismissed as ‘junk.’ In the past 10 years, scientists have discovered thousands of new long non-coding RNAs ...

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