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Helicos Teams with UMass Researcher on miRNA Analysis Methods

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Helicos BioSciences said today that it is collaborating with a researcher at the University of Massachusetts to develop an assay that will characterize known species of microRNAs and discover new non-coding RNAs.
The company said it is partnering with Victor Ambros of UMass Medical School’s Molecular Medicine program to use its True Single Molecule Sequencing technology for the assay.
Ambros is known for discovering the Lin-4 miRNA while researching developmental timing in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. His current research includes miRNA studies focused on development and gene regulation, including mechanisms that control cell division, differentiation, and morphogenesis.
"We hope to simplify the methods for miRNA analysis to allow deep insight into the miRNA species present in human cells and tissues,” said Helicos CSO Patrice Milos in a statement.

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