Sunday, November 23, 2008

Great Review of microRNA as Cancer Biomarkers Over at LabSoftNews

"Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have discovered that microRNAs molecular workhorses that regulate gene expression (JMG: Who or what is directing genetic traffic lights? Genoanthropology holds RNA) are released by cancer cells and circulate in the blood, which gives them the potential to become a new class of biomarkers to detect cancer at its earliest stages....MicroRNAs, which act as brakes on different parts of a cell, keeping genes in check, have some advantages over protein-based early-detection systems, including that they can be detected potentially in smaller quantities and that the technology exists to rapidly develop microRNA-based early-detection tests"...

Excellent review at Lab Soft News. Pay attention to microRNA research this year.

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