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RNA Silencing in Plant and Animal Biotechnology

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Eukaryotes – plants and animals – contain small regulatory RNA that have been referred to as the dark matter of genetics. They are akin to the dark matter in that they are abundant and in that they prevent other components of the (genetic) universe from flying apart. Many of these small RNAs are negative regulators of gene expression. They mediate anti-viral defence and they influence regulatory mechanisms in growth and development. These RNAs may also influence evolutionary mechanisms. The discovery of these small regulatory RNAs has opened up new opportunities for the treatment and diagnosis of disease in people and in animals and for improvement of crop plants

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