The Genomic Handymen

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Consider them the genomic jacks-of-all-trades, working behind the scenes to influence the inner workings of the human genetic code. While they remained undetected until the early 1990s, microRNAs — small, non-coding RNAs of 21 to 24 nucleotides in length — are now recognized as key regulators of nearly one-third of all protein-encoding genes in the human genome.

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