View Full Version : MicroRNA's role in viruses

07-15-2008, 11:36 AM
A tool to combat it (http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles^l2195&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Health)

MicroRNAs are important regulators of protein production. Proteins, the building blocks of the cell, must be produced precisely at the right time and place. MicroRNAs specifically latch on to other genes, which are their targets, and inhibit the production of the protein products of these genes. Hundreds of microRNAs have already been discovered, but the identity of their target genes remains mostly unknown and presents a great challenge in the field.

Elefant developed a computer algorithm that predicts the targets of microRNAs. Her algorithm, named RepTar, searches the thousands of genes in the human genome and through sequence, structural and physical considerations detects matches to hundreds of microRNAs.

The discovery has important implications for human intervention in the battle between viruses and humans, and was also cited by Nature Medicine magazine as "one of the 10 notable advances of the year 2007."

07-15-2008, 12:11 PM
That's cool stuff right there. It seems like we are right on the brink of some major breakthrough in finding cures for viruses and possibly cancer as well. Very promising research for sure.