Looks Like a Gene, Talks Like a Gene: Rinn Elucidates New Class of LincRNAs | GenomeWeb

John Rinn has been getting a lot of phone calls lately. As a key member of the team that discovered a new class of RNAs, Rinn has been talking with scores of researchers eager to understand what he found.

According to Rinn, the discovery started when he first stumbled upon an RNA he named HOTAIR. From a chromatin perspective, HOTAIR looked like a regular protein-coding gene — but lay in a noncoding region of the genome.

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